In 1914, John, by then in Alderney, wrote to the American art collector John Quinn stating ‘I found Cornwall a most sympathetic country with some very nice people amongst the artists
The Newlyn School of Artists
broke up with the advent of the First World War due to war duties and a shortage of paint. Nevertheless even after returning to London, John continued to travel down periodically to stay, in Mousehole, with his daughter-in-law who was estranged from his son, Edwin.
Edwin John became a close friend of Mary Wesley (June 24th)
. John’s influence continued well after he left Cornwall since he had nurtured Adrian Ryan RA (October 3rd)
who, in his turn, encouraged and promoted Cornish artists before, during and after World War II including George Lambourn (July 18th)
and the naif painter Joan Gillchrest (November 2nd).