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Paul Nash (1889-1946)

Painter, printmaker, photographer and writer. Born in London, but brought up in Buckinghamshire, he studied at Chelsea Polytechnic, 1906-07, at Bolt Court, Fleet Street, 1908-10 and at the Slade School, 1910-11. He saw action during World War I and was appointed an Official War Artist with the Artists' Rifles. His perspective on landscape altered radically after this and he produced an outstanding record of the war-torn landscape he had witnessed in France. After World War I Nash like his brother had work reproduced in Art & Letters and The Apple magazine and showed with the little-known Arts League of Service. But in 1923 he suffered a breakdown and recovered at Dymchurch, Kent, where he painted and drew the now-famous sea and its wall. By 1929, he had acquired an interested in photography, both as an art form and as a means for painting. To some extent he was influenced by Surrealism in the mid-1930’s and exhibited in the major