Thomas Saunders Nash (British, 1891 – 1968)


Gouache on paper

Signed and dated ‘Tom Nash, 1944’

10.1/2 x 8 in. (26.1/2 x 20.7 cm.)

Provenance: The Redfern Gallery, 1945

Thomas Saunders Nash studied at the Slade in the college's heyday before the great war with fellow students Stanley Spencer, Gertler, Nevinson, Wadsworth and Nash. He is perhaps overlooked, having shunned the London art scene and working as a teacher. He did continue to exhibit in London particularly with the New English Arts Club from 1920. The Redfern gallery held a one man exhibition in 1926 where he continued to show over 150 paintings over a 20 year period. His work hangs in the Harrogate Art Gallery, the Lang art gallery in Newcastle. Other work is held at the British Museum, the Whitworth Art Gallery, Birmingham Art Gallery, the Ashmoleon Museum and the City Art Gallery, Manchester. His best work is religious like this prime example and mirrors styles of Stanley and Gilbert Spencer, all sharing a love of Italian primitive styles.

In 1980 Reading Museum and art gallery organised a major retrospective exhibition