HUTTON, John Campbell

1906 - 1978

Born at Clyde on the South Island of New Zealand 8 August 1906. He married in 1934 fellow artist Helen (Nell) Blair and in 1936 they made England their permanent home living for a while in an artists' commune at Assington Hall in Suffolk. John worked on several mural commissions until the war broke out in 1939 when he enlisted in a camouflage unit where he met and worked with the architect Basil Spence. In 1947 he designed his first large scale glass engravings with a series of four panels depicting the seasons for the restaurant area on the Cunard ship 'Caronia'. By 1953 he had developed a unique method of engraving using a grinding wheel attached to a flexible drive. John and Helen had three children, Warwick Hutton, an artist, Macaillan Hutton, an architect and Peter Hutton, a teacher. John employed as an artist's model, Marigold E. M. Dodson (born 1931), to pose for many of the figures in his artwork and after his marriage ended he married Marigold at Hampstead, London in 1963, but continued to work on joint art projects with his former wife. John and Marigold had one daughter, Katie Hutton. The 1954 east window in Southwold church was the last work by Ninian Comper and the engraved figure of St Edmund, in a memorial window to the Tennyson family was completed by Hutton, shortly before the dedication service. In 1975 he became first Vice President of the newly founded British Guild of Glass Engravers and continued working until 1978 when he finally succumbed to cancer at Bullingdon, Oxfordshire. His ashes were buried beneath a stone at the foot of one of his finest works, the screen at Coventry Cathedral. In 2014 his wife Marigold was living at Abingdon, Oxfordshire with her now married daughter Katherine [Glasby].

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