signed and dated ‘John Minton 1945’ (lower left); further signed, inscribed with title and dated ‘Sept 45’ (on a label attached to the backboard)
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The Hop Pickers, 1945
with Roland, Browse and Delbanco, London
John Minton’s familiarity with Kent and scenes like this owed much to an older married woman whom he had first met at St John’s Wood Art School, where both were students in the mid-1930s. This was Edie Lamont, wife of the coal-merchant broker Marshall Lamont. In January 1945 the Lamonts moved from Hampstead to Marshalls at Chart Sutton, a house that sat within a three-acre garden and is within two minutes walk of a view over the Weald. We know from Edie Lamont’s diaries that John Minton made two to four visits to Marshalls every year, up until 1954, and that, whilst there, he made drawing expeditions to Little Chart Forstall, Frittenden and Tenterden.