John MINTON (Great Shelford 1917 - London 1957)

Derelict Farm Machinery Sold

Pen and black ink and watercolour, with touches of white heightening.
Signed and dated John Minton 1948 at the lower right.
280 x 381 mm. (11 x 15 in.)

ACQUIRED BY THE HUNTINGTON LIBRARY, ART COLLECTIONS, AND BOTANICAL GARDENS, SAN MARINO, CA.

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Many of John Minton’s drawings and watercolours of the late 1940’s depict farms and record farming practices that were soon to be mechanized, or pieces of farm machinery that were no longer in use. The actual type and purpose of the machine depicted in this large watercolour cannot easily be determined; it appears to be a sort of drill or perhaps a fertiliser distributor. The artist may have chosen to draw only parts of the machine, or else may here depict a piece of equipment which may have been adapted by a farmer for a specific purpose.

Among several comparable studies of farm machinery by Minton, all dating from 1948, is a watercolour of a Farm Machine, of similar dimensions to the present sheet, which was on the London art market in 2006. A related drawing of Farm Machinery from 1948, also of similar dimensions, was in the Oliver Brown collection, and another of a Derelict Farm Machine was, like all of these drawings, at one time with the Lefevre Gallery in London. Also related to these watercolours, although earlier in date and without colour, is a pen and wash drawing of Agricultural Implements of 1945, in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Provenance:
Possibly The Lefevre Gallery, London, in 1949
Anonymous sale, London, Christie’s, 5 June 2007, lot 211
W/S Fine Art, London.

John MINTON

Derelict Farm Machinery

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