OIL ON BOARD BY HENRY J LINTOTT RSA (1877-1965)
Mid 20th Century oil on board. The label to verso shows the painting is of Chanctonbury Ring which is a prehistoric hill fort atop Chanctonbury Hill on the South Downs, on the border of the civil parishes of Washington and Wiston in the English county of West Sussex. It also gives the name of the artist as the celebrated Henry J Lintott RSA.
Condition: Spalshes of white paint and scuffs and marks to the frame.
Henry John Lintott was a painter of portraits, landscapes and allegorical subjects. His method was slow and meticulous, his style often soft and dream-like. Born in Brighton, he trained at the local School of Art before continuing his studies in London and Paris. In 1902 he moved to Edinburgh and became one of the first members of staff at Edinburgh College of Art. His long career there influenced many of the leading figures in twentieth-century Scottish painting, including William Gillies, Anne Redpath and John Maxwell. In 1916 Lintott was elected an Associate of the Royal Scottish Academy, and was later made a full member. He showed regularly, both at the RSA in Edinburgh and the Royal Academy in London.
By the death of Henry Lintott, the Royal Scottish Academy has lost its oldest Member and Scotland a very distinguished artist. Mr. Lintott was born at Brighton in 1877, where he studied at the local School of Art before going on to the Royal College of Art in South Kensington.
When he was 24, he was appointed to the staff of what later became the Edinburgh College of Art, where he taught for over 40 years and was greatly admired by his countless students. He became “the grand old man” whose influence, though potent, was so subtle that he produced no echoes of himself, yet all who had the privilege of his teaching were enriched by it. In 1916 he was elected an Associate of the Royal Scottish Academy and became a full Member in 1928.
Henry Lintott was an artist of real distinction, and his portraits were outstanding, scorning the fashionable formulas of the moment, and for that reason perhaps not always winning the recognition they deserved. For many years he showed regularly at the Royal Academy and the Royal Scottish
Academy, and his portrait of Lord Sands hangs in the Rainy Hall.
It is gratifying to know that Mr. Lintott knew that the Arts Council of Great Britain were planning a comprehensive Exhibition of his work, but it is sad that he did not live to see this tribute to his art. Henry Lintott died at his home in Edinburgh on 21st October, 1965 and his former students, colleagues and friends will always remember him with admiration and affection.
He is survived by his second wife, Mrs.Audrey Lintott, and his son by his first marriage, Sir Henry Lintott, the British High Commissioner in Canada.