Landscape and figure painter, real name Paul Ayshford, born in Corsham, Wiltshire. Methuen took a degree in natural science at New College, Oxford. While there he studied painting under Sir Charles Holmes, later under Walter Sickert, whose influence remained. Methuen became assistant at the Transvaal Museum, Pretoria, 1910–14. After World War I Army service he was at first livestock officer and then marketing officer to the Ministry of Agriculture; all his life he remained a countryman, interested in scientific farming. He now gradually established himself as a painter, having a first one-man show at the Warren Gallery, 1928. He had many solo exhibitions at the Leicester Galleries and at Colnaghi’s and showed at RA and NEAC. Tate Gallery and Victoria & Albert Museum hold his work.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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