Paul and John Nash: Brothers in Art
Growing up together in the shadow of their mother’s illness, Paul and John Nash emerged as artists at the same time, exhibiting their work in a joint exhibition in 1913. The following year they both enlisted in the Artists Rifles, and both served on the Western Front before working together as war artists. Both subsequently explored wood engraving and book illustration, but otherwise their art moved in different directions, and, while remaining close, they each sought to distance themselves from the tag ‘the Nash brothers’. It could be the plot of a novel, but every word of this intriguing, personal story of brotherly love, strife and competition is true!
John Nash RA was a founder member of Colchester Art Society in 1946, and was the first President – a position which he held until his death in 1977.