Selected Artist Biographies

Nash, John Northcote (1893-1977)

It is an often overused term that certain artists are underrated, but if it could ever be justified John Nash would surely fall into the category. There are many contributing factors to this, but perhaps most significantly being the younger brother of Paul Nash meant that it was very difficult for John to step aside from his shadow. This however, is not to say Paul was not a huge influence and driving force behind John's career, indeed it was Paul who first convinced John Nash to paint and follow his natural ability. John Nash was a modest man and avoided the limelight, distancing himself from the politics of the London art scene in the 20s and 30s, instead residing in Buckinghamshire and later the Essex/Suffolk border. Unlike Paul, John was not formally trained, but this by no means had a negative effect on his work. Instead it allowed for a more natural and individual style. His artistic interests were primarily devoted to landscape but John Northcote Nash was also fascinated by botany and made many illustrations. In particular the landscapes show his fascination with the countryside: he travelled all over Britain with his wife who found places for him to paint. What the watercolours demonstrate, unlike his oils, is the spontaneous and immediate response to the landscape that might be lost when a painting is reworked back in the studio. They are well observed and calculated often with various notes and annotations, very reminiscent of Edward Lear. Despite this uncomplicated and systematic approach there is a naive quality to his landscapes, incorporating a style that is both modern and English.

John Northcote Nash (1893-1977)


Pears, Charles P.S.M.A., R.O.I. (1873-1958)

Charles Pears P.S.M.A had already established himself as an artist before the First World War, Charles Pears regularly illustrated for periodicals such as the Illustrated London News and Punch. However, the outbreak of war prompted Charles Pears to commission to the Royal Marines and subsequent appointment as official war artist to the Admiralty. Despite the grim circumstances of war the position fuelled Charles Pears lifelong passion for the sea.

Charles Pears P.S.M.A., R.O.I. (1873-1958)


Rowe, George James (1807-1883)

George James Rowe (1807-1883) was a distinguished landscape artist during the late Georgian to mid Victorian period. Specialising in topographical scenes of Suffolk and London, George Rowe adopted a style influenced by the greats of the British romantic landscape tradition; Gainsborough, Constable and Turner. Relatively unknown, George James Rowe has often lived in the shadow of his contemporary Thomas Churchyard (1798-1865) because, until recently, the bulk of Rowe's work has been sitting in the vaults of the Putnam Museum of History and Natural Science in Davenport, Iowa - his sister donated many works having emigrated there in 1850. Churchyard and Rowe spent their early years living on the same street in Woodbridge, Suffolk, both exhibiting with the Norwich Society of British Artists. These early successes inspired a move to London and setting up a studio together in 1832. However, not envisaging the extra costs and competitiveness of the capital, both returned to Suffolk soon after. Rowe returned to London in 1844, living at Fitzroy Square and remained in London for the next forty years. During this time he is noted as teaching at the London School of Art and entering works in all major exhibitions, exhibiting at the Royal Academy between (1830-1865). Whilst there are some examples of his work in public collections the full extent of his portfolio remains uncertain owing to the amount of works in private hands following the auction of many pictures once the Putnam museum deaccessioned them.

George James Rowe (1807-1883)

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