John Moody (1906 - 1993)

Houlgate, Normandy, 1926


SKU: 4714

Signed and inscribed on reverse, 7 September 26 Houlgate 

Oil on panel, 6 1/2 x 8 3/4 in. (16 x 22 cm.)

Height – 16cm
Width – 22cm

1 in stock


Private Collection

John Moody’s formative 1926 painting tour, which took in both sides of
the Channel, was undertaken at crucial point in his early career. He was
20 in 1926 and though determined to pursue his passion as an artist he
was financially vulnerable. A letter from a family friend in December
1926 cautions him on life as an artist: “I am very interested in seeing
that you have taken up lettering and I congratulate you on your success.
I think you have done a wise and practical thing in taking up
commercial art, but it would be a pity if you did nothing else. At the
start I am afraid you can’t live on doing work that will live, but you
may live on doing work that will not live.” By 1930 Jack, as a founder
member of the New Kingston Group, was exhibiting work around the country
and in 1931 was teaching Architecture and Perspective at the Wimbledon
School of Art. Facing penury however he enrolled as a singer at the
Webber Douglas School of Singing which was to draw him inexorably into
theatre life – and eventually into the world of opera, for which he is
best remembered. He never lost his love of painting.

The extraordinary series which resulted from his 1926 painting spree
were motivated by an interest in light – huge skies, seascapes, white
cliffs and rolling sand dunes. Two years later his Knocke series, on
the Belgian coast, retain similar characteristics whilst adopting a
slightly surreal imagery.

We are grateful to Richard Thompson for the above catalogue note.

Liss Llewellyn are continually seeking to improve the quality of the information on their website. We actively undertake to post new and more accurate information on our stable of artists. We openly acknowledge the use of information from other sites including Wikipedia, and and other public domains. We are grateful for the use of this information and we openly invite any comments on how to improve the accuracy of what we have posted.


John Moody
1906 - 1993

After training at the Royal Academy Schools and working from a studio offered to him by Eric Ravilious (1903 – 1942) and Edward Bawden (1903 – 1989), by the 1930’s, Moody was exhibiting at a variety of London venues and teaching at Wimbledon School of Art; he also became a founder member of the New Kingston Group of painters.  Fascinated by the Theatre he was later well known as an opera producer, commissioning stage sets from John Piper and Robert Medley. 


John Moody (1906 - 1993)
Portrait of Phillada Sewell, mid 1920’s
John Moody (1906 - 1993)
Brunswick Square
John Moody (1906 - 1993)
Portrait of Anita Kowalska
John Moody (1906 - 1993)
Ploughing, 1929
John Moody (1906 - 1993)
Margaret Sewell, 1927
John Moody (1906 - 1993)
Houlgate, Normandy, 1926
John Moody (1906 - 1993)
The Lighthouse, Anvil Point, Swanage, 14 August 1926