Paul Nash (artist)
Paul Nash was a British landscape painter, surrealist and war artist
War artist
A war artist depicts some aspect of war through art; this might be a pictorial record or it might commemorate how "war shapes lives." War artists have explored a visual and sensory dimension of war which is often absent in written histories or other accounts of warfare.- Definition and context:A...

, as well as a book-illustrator, writer and designer of applied art. He was the older brother of the artist John Nash
John Nash (artist)
John Northcote Nash CBE RA was a British painter of landscape and still-life, wood-engraver and illustrator, particularly of botanic works.-Biography:...

The son of a successful lawyer
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 and a mentally unstable mother who died in a mental asylum in 1910, Nash was born in London
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 on 11 May 1889. He was educated at St Paul's School, and originally intended for a career in the Navy, like his maternal grandfather.