John Minton


John Minton, ‘Composition: The Death of James Dean’ 1957
Composition: The Death of James Dean 1957
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Francis John Minton (25 December 1917 – 20 January 1957) was an English painter, illustrator, stage designer and teacher. After studying in France, he became a teacher in London, and at the same time maintained a consistently large output of works. In addition to landscapes, portraits and other paintings, some of them on an unusually large scale, he built up a reputation as an illustrator of books.

In the mid-1950s, Minton found himself out of sympathy with the abstract trend that was then becoming fashionable, and felt increasingly sidelined. He suffered psychological problems, self-medicated with alcohol, and in 1957 committed suicide.

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Keith Vaughan Journal number twenty four

8 October 1944–8 February 1945

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18 November 1944–27 February 1947

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