Born 1893, London. Died 1977
John Nash started his career as a journalist but his brother, the artist Paul Nash, encouraged him to become an artist. Self-taught, he was a member of the Artists' Rifles during World War One and became an official war artist in 1918.
A painter and wood engraver, inspired by the English landscape, Nash was a prolific illustrator, his Poisonous Plants, Deadly Dangerous and Suspect (Etchells and Macdonalds, 1927) being an outstanding example of the genre. He was a war artist during the Second World War, attached to the Admiralty. After the war, he lived in Suffolk, the landscape of which remained a constant subject in his work.
In 1951 he was elected to the Royal Academy and a major exhibition of his work was held there in 1967.