I have been trying to figure out the relationship between Paul Nash and John Nash, apart from the fact that they were brothers and exhibited together at the Dorien Leigh Gallery in Pelham Street in November 1913. It is Paul who gets the retrospective at the Tate and John who, so far as I could see, goes unmentioned. But it was John who lived longer, till 1977, became an RA, and had what is described as the first retrospective by a living RA in 1967. I think the answer must lie in a photograph of the two brothers taken in 1937 by Lance Sieveking and now in the NPG, which has a large collection of photographs of John Nash, donated by Ronald Blythe, who now lives in Nash’s house, Bottengoms Farm, in the Stour valley. John is dressed conventionally and looks a bit quizzical. Paul has wide lapels, is wearing a bow tie and lives in Hampstead. The only clue I can find to what they thought of one another is in Ronald Blythe’s obit. of John in which he says that they hated being described, as they were in their first exhibition, as ‘the brothers Nash’.
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