Sir Ronald McIntosh 1919-2019

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Ronald McIntosh. Photo credit: From the book, 'Turbulent Times'

A sad loss to the New English this April has been long-time supporter and companion Sir Ronald McIntosh, to whom the society owes so much, and whose kindness will not be forgotten.

Sir ‘Ronnie’, who died just five months before his 100th birthday, was a charming and loyal benefactor and advocate of the changing but enduring tradition of the NEAC - a constant and encouraging presence at each annual exhibition. He and late wife Doreen amassed a significant collection of work by our members, and on her death proposed an annual award: the Doreen McIntosh Prize. He was fastidious and keen-eyed in his selection of its recipient every year. In his own words:  

”I am looking for an artist who is stretching him or herself and doing something outside their comfort zone. I try to favour painters who are still on their way up rather than established figures who have already arrived.”

It is a sentiment heartily applauded by founding as well as current members of the Club, and Sir Ronald will be greatly missed by the New English.