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John Hutton

Born, 1906 in Clyde, Otago, New Zealand. Died, 1978

From the catalogue Commonwealth Artists of Fame 1952 - 1977 (Commonwealth Art Gallery, London, 1 June - 3 July 1977): “Born in Clyde, Otago. Hutton spent his early years in Wanganui, where he was educated and began law studies, following his father. More interested in art, he gave up ideas of a legal career and came to England in 1935 wherre he has lived ever since. Although without formal training he was encouraged by Jack Beddington, Publicity Officer for the Shell Company, and obtained a number of commissions for mural paintings, notably from the architect Brian O’Rorke for ships of the Orient Line and for the British Pavilion at the Paris Exhibition just before the Second World War.

John Hutton ended his war service as Chief Instructor to the School of Camouflage in which capacity he met Sir Basil Spence for whom he later carried out a number of mural paintings. The engraved Great West Screen window in Coventry Cathedral was the turning point of Hutton’s career. This was the largest commission for engraved glass in history, consisting of ninety panels each about eight feet in height. To carry out the work which took ten years Hutton had to break with traditional methods and use large grinding wheels attached to a flexible drive. Other large commissions followed: Guildford Cathedral, The Shakespeare Centre, Plymouth and Newcastle Civic Centres and the National Library  and Archives, Ottawa.”

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