Essex

Work of painter Strevens given to Essex hospital

work by John Strevens
Image caption The Apple Tree was based on John Strevens' garden at his home in Loughton

A hospital in Essex that cared for a well-known artist up to his death in 1990 has received two paintings from his estate before many go for auction.

Judy Butler, from St Margaret's Hospital in Epping, received the paintings from Bridget Strevens-Marzo in memory of her parents.

The hospital cared for Ms Strevens-Marzo's father, artist John Strevens.

Born in London in 1902, later moving to Loughton in Essex, the artist was largely self taught.

He earned his living in newspaper studios around Fleet Street before World War ll.

After the war he exhibited at the Royal Academy and at the Paris Salon before travelling to America.

He painted portraits and impressionist scenes until his early 80s.

Sister Butler said: "We are delighted to have received the oil paintings from Bridget Strevens-Marzo, whose parents had fond memories of their time at St Margaret's.

"The paintings are hanging on the walls and already being enjoyed by others."

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