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Podcast: The extraordinary life of John Nash

Posted on 20 Jan 2021

In this episode, writer Eliza Apperly joins in conversation with Andy Friend, author of ‘John Nash: The Landscape of Love and Solace’, and Sara Cooper, Head of Collections and Exhibitions at Towner Eastbourne, to explore the extraordinary life and work of 20th-century painter John Nash.

John Nash, ‘Over the Top' 1st Artists Rifles at Marcoing, 30th December 1917, 1918. Oil on Canvas. © Imperial War Museum

Younger brother of Paul Nash, John’s remarkable life was marked both by great tragedy and by deep, enduring love. This episode offers insight into the traumatic deaths of his mother and young son, his experience of frontline horror in the First World War, his nearly 60-year marriage to Christine Kühlenthal – which allowed for ‘outside loves’ – plus the rich network of artists who were John’s friends and contemporaries, and how John found refuge in his art and in the bucolic British landscape.



John Nash: The Landscape of Love and Solace by Andy Friend and David Dimbleby is available now. The Towner Eastbourne’s retrospective exhibition of the same name will run from 1 May to 26 September 2021. More info can be found here.

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This episode was produced and presented by Eliza Apperly and edited by Benjamin Nash.

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The Landscape of Love and Solace Andy Friend, David Dimbleby