JOHN FREDERICK LLOYD STREVENS 1902-1990Born in London in 1902, John Strevens attended classes at the Regent Street Polytechnic and later at Heatherley’s. However he was largely self-taught and 1943 marked a turning point in John Strevens’s career, with his first one-man show off Bond Street. By 1947 his paintings, such as The Three Princesses, depicting his daughters Jo, Vicky and Ginny, which were exhibited at the Royal Academy, earned him public acclaim. From then on he exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy, the Royal Society of British Artists, the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and the Paris Salon. Not long after the death of his first wife he married a young native of Barcelona, Julia Marzo. In 1957 he set off with his three daughters, and his new wife and baby daughter Bridget on the first of several trips across France to Spain which were to inspire subjects for more London exhibitions. 1961 saw his first trip to the USA and the beginning of an enthusiastic reception from American art collectors. Well into his 80s, John Strevens would travel to the US to meet collectors and paint portrait commissions from life. But his book-lined and music-filled studio at the end of the garden of his home in Loughton, Essex continued to provide him with his main source of inspiration for his colourful romantic fantasies of women, children and flowers, until his death in 1990.