John Minton 1917 - 1957


painter, illustrator, theatre designer, he was the

'embodiment and symbol of a particular aspect of a particular

decade of London life and London painting'.

His melancholy hidden beneath his gregarious generosity,

he was a well known and colourful character in Soho bohemia

of the 1940's and '50's.

His training was at St John's Wood art school from 1935 to 1938.

He visited Provence with Michael Ayrton, and later shared a studio

with Robert Macbryde and Robert Colquhoun.

During the war he was strongly influenced by Graham Sutherland

and later by Picasso.

Minton taught at Camberwell, then Central and finally the RCA.

From 1945 to 1956 he had several successful solo exhibitions

at the Lefevre Gallery London and his illustrational work was

much admired.

Tragically, he was greatly troubled in his personal life and he

committed suicide aged forty.

cf. Frances Spalding's biography of John Minton, 'Dance till the

Stars Come Down' 1991

Apple Orchard Kent Lyons lithograph 1951 sold

scarce 1960 first edition cookery book with illustrations by John Minton ( remnants of dustjacket)


rare 1st edition John Minton illustrated book 1948 sold


poster for London Transport 1951 sold

rare John Minto lithograph

rare John Minton lithographic poster designed for Ealing Film Studios, 1948 p.o.a.


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