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The Queen of Sheba

John Minton (1917-1957)


S R Badmin has signed, inscribed and dated this below mount:
'The Queen of Sheba by John Minton. Done in my class at St John's Wood Art Sch. 1937 approx. S R Badmin RE'


5 ½ x 7 ¼ inches

The Estate of Stanley Roy Badmin

'A Century of British Art: 1945-2010', Chris Beetles Gallery, 5 October-6 November 2021, No 215

The Queen of Sheba
John Minton executed this fascinating etching in about 1937, while he was a member of S R Badmin's class at St John's Wood Art School, and it survived the artist's student days by entering Badmin's collection. Though Minton's early work was inevitably eclectic, the literary subject, the architectural setting and the technique of this etching all relate in some way to his contemporary paintings. Stylistically, it is very close to the handling of Duncan Grant in his sketchbook drawings, which is perhaps no surprise, as Minton had entered the orbit of the Bloomsbury Group by receiving a prize from Vanessa Bell at the St John's Wood Sketch Club and visiting her at Charleston Farmhouse. Grant had produced a painting of the Queen of Sheba in 1912 (Tate), though it shows the Biblical monarch deep in conversation with King Solomon rather than travelling by palanquin.