John Minton painting resurfaces after years spent in owner's shed

By Maev Kennedy

Jamaican Village is unusually cheerful work by artist better known for gloomy scenes

A major work by the 20th-century British painter John Minton, which spent years stored in a shed while its owner struggled to find a wall large enough to hang it, has resurfaced more than 60 years after it was last seen in public.

Jamaican Village, an unusually cheerful view of a dusky street corner and a brightly lit bar from an artist not noted for jolly scenes – one critic of an early exhibition commented “Mr Minton is seen to have an overcast, gloomy realism, and much intensity of feeling, which he expresses in dark colour schemes” – was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1951, but has not been seen since.

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