signed and dated ‘John Minton 1949’ (lower left); signed again and inscribed on the canvas overlap ‘TWO FISHERMEN (OIL) JOHN MINTON’
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Two Fishermen, 1949
London, Royal Academy, 1949 (illustrated in the exhibition catalogue, no. 692)
John Minton was a stage designer, painter and teacher, but it is his work as an illustrator for which he was held in high regard. A key figure of the Neo-Romantic movement in the 1940s, Minton’s subjects were largely landscapes and portraits. He became somewhat sidelined in the 1950s when the trend for abstract painting was mainstream. This work was painted just after the Second World War.