Rare post-war painting revealed

John Minton (inset) and his 1948 depiction of the town, which is being offered for sale
John Minton (inset) and his 1948 depiction of the town, which is being offered for sale

A rare painting of St Helens is set to almost £10,000 when it goes on sale later this month.

The work, simply titled St Helens, Lancashire, was painted in 1948 by acclaimed English artist and illustrator John Minton.

Standing at 28 by 36cm and it vividly brings to life St Helens of yesteryear using pen and ink.

A rare painting of St Helens, Lancashire by the artist John Minton (1917-1957) has appeared in an art gallery in Hampshire.

It is being offered for sale by Jenna Burlingham Fine Art in Kingsclere, Hampshire, and is offered for sale at £9,500.

“The painting has been in a private collection for years,” says gallery owner, Jenna Burlingham, “We hope that someone in the area will spot the picture and might enjoy the local connection.”

We hope that someone in the area will spot the picture and might enjoy the local connection

Jenna Burlingham, gallery owner

Minton painted the work during a visit to St Helens in 1948 when the town was still recovering from the austerity of the post-war years.

Minton’s work is now highly collectable and hangs in many museums and private collections and he himself is the subject of a portrait by Lucian Freud.

He taught at the Camberwell School of Art, Central St Martins and the Royal College of Art.

Minton enjoyed posthumous fame principally as an illustrator. Many of his commissions for illustrations came from the publisher John Lehmann. For Lehmann, Minton illustrated A Book of Mediterranean Food and French Country Cooking (the first two books by the food writer Elizabeth David), travel books such as Time was Away - A Notebook in Corsica, by Alan Ross, and fiction, including The Commander Comes to Dine by Mario Soldati.

Although Minton was respected both by the conservative Royal Academy and the modernist London Group, he was fell out of sympathy with the abstract painting.

The painting is being offered for sale at £9,500.

Contact Jenna Burlingham Fine Art, www.jennaburlingham.com info@jennaburlingham.com, or call 01635 298855.