Tina by J.H. Lynch

A very familiar sight in homes throughout the UK in the 70s.  It was painted in 1961 then it went on sale in Boots in 1964 becoming a real success and during eventually became one of the most ubiquitous prints of the period.

It’s known that Tina was painted in 1961, and three years later in 1964 she would go on sale in Boots in the UK. An instant hit, Tina has appeared in Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 cult classic A Clockwork Orange and graced the cover of Edwyn Collin’s number four hit single “A Girl Like You” (1994).

Following Tina’s success Lynch produced more prints, all in the same style of a dusky maiden, often half dressed and surrounded by dark, lush greenery or the proverbial Mediterranean villa. The most well known include Nymph, Woodland Goddess and Lisa. It’s rumoured that the 1955 winner of “Most Beautiful Teenager in Great Britain”, Alexandra Moyens, was the model for Tina and many more of Lynch’s paintings. The painting “Autumn Leaves” bears an uncanny resemblance to Sixties model Jean Shrimpton.

So if you think a lovely Lynch lady is for you it’s worth browsing your local car boot sale, flea market and even eBay. You really shouldn’t expect to pay more than £40/£50 for the likes of Tina and other well known Sixties prints. Tina can be found with the original guilt frame, under glass or the more common cream frame. The glass version seems to be more prone to decolourisation and fading, but when in good condition becomes highly desirable amongst fans and collectors alike.

Best tip I can give is shop around, I’ve known “Tinas” to be had for as little as £1 at boot sales.

The only picture of the mysterious Lynch I could find. The picture is thought to have been destroyed by the artist before his death

J.H. Lynch at work

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