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John Nash 'Harvesting' School print

John Nash 'Harvesting' School print

John Nash 'Harvesting' School print

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        Featuring an illustration from the artist John Nash this original lithograph is part of the 'School Prints' series - a series of lithographs produced in the 1940's with the intention of bringing contemporary art to young children.

        Signed in plate.
        Vintage lithograph from the original printing by the Baynard Press.
        Limited quantity available.

        School Prints was one of the most important post-war art schemes. Set up in 1945 by Brenda Rawnsley, School Prints aimed to commission colour lithographs from well-known artists which would then be printed in bulk and sold at a low cost to schools subscribing to the scheme; the goal was to provide children with direct and continuous contact with real works of art. Although the scheme ended in 1949 due to financial problems, it stands as a unique achievement in giving children access to original works of art in a time of austerity.

        The School Prints epitomise, and were inspired by, the atmosphere of optimism of post-war Britain that peaked at the 1951 Festival of Britain: the future was what mattered, and children were effectively Britain's future. As such, the prevailing spirit of the prints is one of quiet celebration; most of the scenes depict a familiar, everyday world of work and occasional celebration, with no reference to the devastation of the recent war.

        Nash (1893 - 1977) has been described as an artist-plantsman - he chose to live in the country and was a country gentleman by habits, manner, values and interests. Harvesting is a theme he frequently used in his illustration; as early as 1915 he produced the oil painting Threshing. He described his own style as, while representational, being more concerned with underlying structures and patterns. In Harvesting the uncut wheat dominates the picture, in both colour and shape. Brenda reports that he was frustrated by having to

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  • Dimensions: 49.5cm x 76cm
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