Nash, Paul, 1889-1946

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English artist and illustrator, Nash worked with oils, water colors, engraving and woodcuts.

Bertram, author and critic, was Nash's long-time friend and biographer.

From the description of Letters to ANthony Bertram, 1922-1944. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 754866375

Paul Nash was born in London on 11 May 1889, son of William Harry Nash, late Recorder of Abingdon. He was educated at St. Paul's School, and was originally going to join the Navy. His earliest artistic training was at the Chelsea Polytechnic and the L.C.C. school, from which he went to the Slade School of Art between 1910-1911. In 1914, shortly after marrying Margaret Theodosia Odeh, he enlisted in The Artists Rifles, from which he received a commission in The Hampshire Regiment. Though he had exhibited drawings in 1911, Nash first came into prominence in June 1917, when during convalescence from a broken rib received in the trenches, he showed at the Goupil Gallery a collection of landscape drawings made in the Ypres Salient. They made a huge impact, and when Nash returned to France it was as an official war artist.

Nash developed rapidly with changes of style and medium, but always retained the same general attitude to nature from simplified forms, through geometrical shapes to surrealist images. Nash also acted as a designer for industry using a wide range of crafts and materials - textiles, wood, glass, china, book production, posters and stage design and costumes. His ideas on modernity in design were enunciated with the foundation in 1933 of 'Unit One'; a group of painters, sculptors, and architects pledged to the expression of the contemporary spirit in their work. For a time Nash was a member of the New English Art Club, the London Group, the London Artists' Association, the Modern English Watercolour Society and the International Society of Wood-engravers, but when 'Unit One' was formed it was announced that he had resigned from all other groups and societies. In 1933, he was elected a member of the Council for Art and Industry, having been president of the Society of Industrial Artists in the previous year. He was also visiting instructor to the School of Design at the Royal College of Art. In 1940 Nash was appointed an official war artist to the Air Ministry, and in 1941 to the Ministry of Information. Paul Nash died on 11 July 1946.

From the guide to the Correspondence and papers of Paul Nash and his wife Margaret, 1906-1962, (Tate Gallery Archive)

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creatorOf Nash, Paul, 1889-1946. Letters, 1909-1918. Yale Center for British Art
creatorOf Nash, Paul, 1889-1946. Letter : Rye, Sussex, to Seymour Adelman, Chester, Pa., 1931 Oct. 18. Bryn Mawr College, Mariam Coffin Canaday Library
creatorOf Vol. VII (ff. 181). 1910-1923.Franklin Thomas Grant Richards, author and publisher: Correspondence with Harold Monro from Franklin Thomas Grant Richards: 1920-1921: Signed and typewritten.Frank Sidgwick, of Sidgwick and Jackson: Letters to Harold Mon..., 1910-1923 British Library
creatorOf Original artwork for Gordon Bottomley’s theatrical productions , 1920s-1930s British Library
creatorOf Nash, Paul, 1889-1946. Autograph letters signed (4) : Sussex and Dorset, to E. McKnight Kauffer, 1930 Dec. 3-1935 Jan. 24. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Rutherston, Albert Daniel, 1881-1953. Letters, ca. 1915-1945. Getty Research Institute
creatorOf Nash, Paul, 1889-1946. Letters to ANthony Bertram, 1922-1944. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Browne, Maurice, 1881-1955. Ellen Van Volkenburg-Maurice Browne general correspondence, 1911- University of Michigan
creatorOf Nash, Paul, 1889-1946. Artist file. Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives
referencedIn Higgens Papers. Vol. xxxi. Diary of Grace Higgens; 1969. Charleston. ff. i + 98. 120 x 100 mm.Paul Nash, artist: Entry in the diary of Grace Higgens rel. to Paul Nash: 1969.Edith Margaret Emily Ashcroft, DBE; actress: Entry in the diary of Grace Higg..., 1969 British Library
creatorOf Nash, Paul, 1889-1946. Paul Nash : artist file : study photographs and reproductions of works of art with accompanying documentation 1930?-1990 [graphic] [compiled by staff of The Museum of Modern Art, New York]. Frick Art Reference Library of The Frick Collection
referencedIn The Gordon Bottomley Papers, 1773, 1831-1958, nd British Library: Western Manuscripts
referencedIn Edward Howard Marsh collection of papers, 1886]-1963, 1910-1952 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
referencedIn Autograph File, N, 1686-1975. Houghton Library
referencedIn Fleece Press Archive, 1968-2002 Manchester Metropolitan University, Sir Kenneth Green Library
referencedIn Sir William Rothenstein correspondence and other papers, 1887-1957. Houghton Library
creatorOf Nash, Paul, 1889-1946. Correspondence with the Redfern Gallery, 1918-1950. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Oversize artwork, 1920s-1930s British Library
creatorOf Nash, Paul, 1889-1946. Letters : Dymchurch, Tunbridge Walls, Whiteleaf, to Grace Lovat Fraser, London and Buntingford, 1921-1933. Bryn Mawr College, Mariam Coffin Canaday Library
referencedIn Clark, Kenneth, 1903-1983. Papers, ca. 1923-1983. Biblioteca Berenson, Villa I Tatti - The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies
referencedIn Nash, Paul, 1889-1946 : [miscellaneous ephemeral material]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
creatorOf SOCIETY OF AUTHORS ARCHIVE. Vol. CVI (ff. 214). 1. ff. 1-35. Sir John Linton Myres; 1927-1956. Partly printed. 2. ff. 36-47. Sir Lewis B. Namier; 1948-1951. 3. ff. 48-54. Paul Nash; 1938-1946. 4. ff. 55-73. Alexander Sutherland Neill; 1921-1950. 5. f..., 1921-1956 British Library
creatorOf Nash, Paul, 1889-1946. [Collection of press-cuttings: articles, reviews and illustrations by or relating to P.N.] National Art Library, NAL
creatorOf HARROD PAPERS. Vol. VII. (ff. 184). 1 ff. 1-25v. Basil Murray and Lady Mary Murray; 1923-1944, n.d. 2. ff. 26-39. Gilbert Murray; 1932-1951. 3. ff. 40-55v. Paul and Margaret Nash; 1941-1959, n.d. 4. ff. 56-184. Desmond Parsons; 1923-1936.includes:ff...., 1923-1959 British Library
creatorOf Paul Nash collection. -- McMaster University
creatorOf Correspondence and papers of Paul Nash and his wife Margaret, 1906-1962 Tate Gallery Archive
creatorOf Lawrence, T. E. (Thomas Edward), 1888-1935. Letters, 1922-1932. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Inventory of The Legion Papers: Rare MSS 00149 ., 1927-1935 Cushing Memorial Library,
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Place Name Admin Code Country
Dymchurch, Kent, UK
Charleston, Sussex; home to Clive and Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant
Art, British
Drawing, English 20th century


Birth 1889-05-11

Death 1946-07-11





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