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John Armstrong
© National Portrait Gallery, London. Photo credit: National Portrait Gallery, London

John Armstrong c.1922

Harry Maude Jonas (1893–1990)

National Portrait Gallery, London

British painter and designer. He was born in Hastings, the son of a clergyman, a factor which may have had an impact on his subsequent interest in religious subjects. He originally studied law, then in 1913–14 attended St John's Wood Art School. After wartime service in the Royal Field Artillery, in which his record was significantly more distinguished than that as a student, he embarked on a career as a theatre designer in London.

Text source: A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art (Oxford University Press)

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