John Lewis Stant was born in Dudley, Staffordshire, the son of a local butcher. Known as Jack to his family, he married Dorothy Cash in Birmingham in 1934, settling in St Ives later that year. He exhibited a collection of his etchings at Lanhams Five Guinea Christmas Exhibition in 1935. The following year he was exhibiting at Birmingham. He gifted work as a prize for the 1935 Arts Ball, and exhibited again at Lanhams in 1938. Stant was a member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists.
A recent correspondent (2012) has found a painting in his garage by this artist, the subject of which was a local boatbuilder J W Smith of Appledore, North Devon. A more recent correspondent (2016) writes: 'I have a painting by above named artist, the painting is named Harbour Scene and is dated Newlyn 1953. This painting is of pencil/watercolour.' Falmouth Art Gallery list the artist as working until 1955, and an internet search has revealed a coloured etching of Trinity Lane, Coventry on the website, 'Coventry Now and Then' and another painting of Matfield which is signed and dated 1959. A correspondent in 2019 has told us of two artist's proofs in her possession. They are stamped 'Warwick Galleries', signed 'J Lewis Stant' and entitled 'Tenby Harbour' and 'A Welsh Farmyard, Ewenny'. A correspondent in 2022 has told us of 'Birthplace of Bishop Vesey, Sutton Coldfield' - an artwork by J Lewis Stant which she purchased many years ago, as a gift for a family member.
A further correspondent (2022) has written to let us know of the following etchings by John Lewis Stant, an uncle by marriage. He inherited them from his stepmother, who was given them by the artist. They are: 'Tenby Harbour & St Botolph's Church, Boston'; 'The Jetty, St Mawes' - 1943; 'Upstream Polperro' - 1947; and 'Mevagissey' - the latter two being colour etchings.
We have heard of three coloured etchings by Stant from a correspondent in 2022, inherited from his grandparents who lived in the Herne Bay area. They are entitled 'Weavers House, Canterbury' and 'New Inn, Clovelly' with the subject of the third being the inside of Canterbury Cathedral.
John Lewis Stant died in Tonbridge, Kent.
Etcher, painter of landscapes in pencil and watercolour
works and access
Works include: Some Corners of old St Ives (1934); Herring Fishing, St Ives (1935 ); Barrack Quay, Falmouth; Scene at Smith's Boatyard, Appledore;
Access to Work: Falmouth Art Gallery
B (19); RBA (2); RCA (8); RHA 3); RSA (2)
Lanham's Five Guinea Christmas Exhibition1934, 1938
1935 Arts Ball
Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA)
Royal Society of British Artists (RBA)
Royal Cambrian Academy (RCA)
Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA)
Royal Scottish Academy (RSA)