(British, 1912-1989)Michael Lyne was born in 1912 at Upton bishop, Herefordshire, the third son of the Rev. and Mrs. Lyne. It is always interesting to hear of any hereditary influence as regards artistic expression, and Lyne is the great-great-great grandson of John Bacon, R.A., an accomplished and very successful sculptor during the second half of the eighteenth-century. His exact dates are 1740-1799, and he achieved many monuments to his famous contemporaries, notable those to Dr. Johnson in St. Paul’s and the Earl of Chatham in the Guildhall.
Like his ancestor, Michael Lyne showed remarkable precocity as an artist and at the very early age of four illustrated and dictated two small books about a rabbit and a dog. At six he was so impressed when seeing his first meet that hunting became the most important thing in his life from the point of view of art and sport. He was educated at Rossall, continued to draw and paint animals in his spare time and took a few lessons at he Cheltenham Art School.
Through the encouragement of friends, principally the late Captain H.A. Clive and Sir Jocelyn Lucas, Lyne decided to be a professional artist, and at the age of twenty-six produced a book entitled “Horses, Hounds and Country” which was published by Messrs. Eyre and Spottiswoode, to be followed by another book. This, unfortunately, was destroyed by enemy action before it could be circulated.Michael Lyne joined the army at the outbreak of the war and served with the Royal Armoured Corps. After the war he painted without stop, as it were, to catch up on lost time. He held many exhibitions in London, New York and other parts of the U.S.A., having visited America eight times, on the first occasion through Mr. F. W. Warburg. The latter saw a picture of him in the US Embassy in London and arranged a comprehensive tour of the best American packs of hounds. This tour resulted in bringing Mr. Lyne into touch with such famous collectors as Messrs. Mellon, Whitney, Winthrop. Bonticou, Scribner and McGhee. Mr. Lyne had many English patrons, notably the Duke of Beaufort and Lord Knutsford. General Sir William Willoughby Norrie also bought some of his pictures and they are now in Government House, Australia.