Moody, John

(1906 – 1993)

In the fields between Surbiton and Norbiton, Surrey, 1929

Signed and dated, inscribed with title


4 x 5 1/4 in. (10.1 x 13.3 cm)


The Artist’s Estate

This is a study for Ploughing, 1928.

Moody was trained at the Royal Academy Schools, co-founded the New Kingston Group of painters and taught at Wimbledon School of Art in the early 1930’s. However he is better remembered as a theatre and opera producer as well as Director of the Arts Council’s Drama department. He took over Eric Ravilious’s and Edward Bawden’s studio in the late 1920’s and he worked closely with Robert Medley and John Piper. He was badly injured during the Blitz which affected his painting ability, which is why his early work is particularly interesting.

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Moody, John

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
Portrait of Phillada Sewell, mid 1920’s
John Moody
Brunswick Square
John Moody
Portrait of Anita Kowalska
John Moody
Margaret Sewell, 1927
John Moody
Houlgate, Normandy, 1926