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Nash, Paul

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Biography: The painter and printmaker Paul Nash (1889–1946), was born in London. His art training included periods at the Chelsea Polytechnic School of Art, the London County Council School of Photo-Engraving and Lithography and the Slade School of Fine Art. In the 1920s he became one of the leading figures of the Society of Wood Engravers and, along with Edward Montgomery O’Rorke Dickey (1894-1977), was part of a subcommittee formed to promote the use of original wood engravings for book illustration. Among his most important illustrated books are 'Places' (1922), 'Genesis' (1924), 'Shakespeare's A Midsommer Nights Dreame' [sic] (1924) and Thomas Browne’s 'Urne Buriall and the Garden of Cyrus' (1932) for the Curwen Press. Nash designed the cover and frontispiece of a collection of poems by George Russell (A.E.) (1867-1935), entitled 'Dark Weeping', published by Faber & Faber in 1929.