John Northcote Nash (CBE RA) (British, 1893 – 1977)
Minx giving glad-eye
Signed with initials and inscribed with title (lower right)
Pen, ink and watercolour in black and blue
2.1/8 x 3.3/8in. (5.5 x 8.5cm.) (to slip edge) 9.1/4 x 10.12in. (23.5 x 26.8cm.) (frame)
Here we present humorous black and white vignette of a lady in a hat with a sideward glance drawn by the great John Nash. He is particularly well known for his work Over the top which now hangs in the Imperial War museum. He was enlisted with his older brother Paul Nash as a war artist in 1916 . He was spared selection for the counter attack on the 30th December 1917 near Cambrai that resulted in 68 of 80 of his comrades in the 1st Battalian Artists Rifles perishing from shell fire which resulted in his decision to paint works relating to the horrors of war. Deeply affected by these events, Nash returned to painting landscapes of nature. Painted in 1918 The Cornfield which is now held by the Tate Gallery is a powerful symbol of what had been sacrificed and fought for in the Great War. Nash taught at the Royal College of Art and befriended Eric Ravilious and Edward Bawden. He was an early member of The Society of Wood Engravers. Elected to the RA in 1951, he received his CBE in 1964. Nash`s works have become increasingly collectable and this fun little gem exhibits proportions that are easily squeezed in to any collection. It comes with provenance from the John Nash estate.