Richard was John Minton's younger brother, of whom John was very protective. He was killed in action in World War II near Antwerp in September 1944, and the tragedy of his premature death had a profound effect on the artist.
While at school, Brian Sewell had read Alan Fournier's Le Grand Meaulnes which had been illustrated by John Minton. Sewell met Minton in 1956 late in the Autumn term when they were both leaving the Royal College of Art. After his death Sewell persuaded Christie's to conduct the sale of works from Minton's studio. The sale took place in these Rooms on 20 February 1959.
We are very grateful to Professor Frances Spalding for her assistance cataloguing lots 184-187 and 229-234.