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Norman Janes (1892-1980)


Norman Thomas Janes, RWS RE RSMA (1892-1980)

Norman Janes was a wide-ranging painter and printmaker, who had a particular affinity with the London scene, from the busyness of railway stations and Thames embankments to the tranquil spots around his Hampstead home.

Norman Janes was born in 18 Grange Road, Egham, Surrey, on 19 May 1892, into a Methodist family, and was the younger son of the draper, Arthur T Janes, and his wife, Ada (née Croxson). He studied commercial art at the Regent Street Polytechnic School of Art, during the years 1909-14, while working as a freelance advertising designer.

Following the outbreak of the First World War in 1914, Janes served as a Corporal with the London Irish Rifles, and later as a Second Lieutenant with the Royal Irish Regiment. Experiencing action in France, he was wounded at the Battle of Cambrai in 1917. It was probably at this time that he met Dr Oliver Gotch, medical officer of the Queen Alexandra Hospital Home for disabled soldiers in Roehampton. They became good friends, and in later years went on sketching tours of Southern England and Northern France.
At the end of the war, Janes studied drawing and painting under Henry Tonks at the Slade School of Fine Art, alongside his future wife, Barbara Greg (1919-22).

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