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The Remarkable Life Of Jago Stone
Jago Stone - Swalcliffe - Oxfordshire - 1977
Jago Stone - Swalcliffe - Oxfordshire - 1977
Oil Painting by Jago Stone - Untitled - 1969
Untitled and Undated - Jago Stone.
Our title is 'Lady on the Stairway'
and the date is circa 1969.
How ‘Jago Stone’ began - and came to see the light of day

In 2015, my father-in-law died and we inherited a Jago Stone water-colour of her childhood family house and one untitled oil painting by Jago.

We already had the oil painting Jago had given to my wife, Louise, in 1970 when she was a teenager. He had now decided to move on from the Gerrard’s Cross district in Buckinghamshire after arriving around 1968.

Three other oil paintings by Jago had already been passed to us by my wife’s parents in their lifetime, works they had either commissioned or bought. We liked living with his work and admired the expressive and raw emotion of the oils.

With the arrival of the World Wide Web, we began to google ‘Jago Stone’ and became intrigued by what we found. Over the years, more information emerged.

In 2015, I finished writing ‘The Road to Corbyn’ and the idea of writing a biography of Jago Stone was born. By now, I had splashed out on one of the very few copies available of ‘The Burglar’s Bedside Companion’, Jago’s own out-of-print autobiographical account of part of his life. I was hooked. This was a story worth telling and hearing.

When I set up this website in January 2016, I was able to establish an online detective agency. At that early stage, it was a journey into the unknown, dependent on following cyberspace trails. But the power of the oils and the charm of the water-colours have always been firm fixtures in this story, as is Jago’s own published writing. My blog-posts tell the story of the online discoveries about Jago and his work in the thirty or so months that followed.

By March 2018, my biography of Jago was complete. My focus turned to finding a literary agent or publisher. In late August, submission no. 28 – to Unicorn Publishing Group - came up trumps. By October, Lord Strathcarron and I had signed the contract.

The biography was published by Unicorn in the UK in March 2020 and in the USA in June 2020. By September 2020, the book had received twelve 5-star Amazon reviews and been long-listed for the William MB Berger Prize for British Art History. In late October 2020, for legal reasons, Jago Stone’s biography was withdrawn from sale and all available copies pulped.

Oil Painting by Jago Stone - Untitled - 1969
Oil Painting by Jago Stone
Untitled - 1968
Jago Stone
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The American Connection ......
The American Connection - Part One
The American Connection - Part Two
The American Connection - Part Three
The American Connection - Part Four
The American Connection - Part Five
The American Connection - Part Six
The American Connection - Part Seven
The American Connection - Part Eight
The American Connection - Part Nine
The American Connection - Part Ten
The American Connection - Part Eleven
The American Connection - Part Twelve
The American Connection - Part Thirteen
The American Connection - Part Fourteen
The American Connection - Part Fifteen
The American Connection - Part Sixteen
The American Connection - Part Seventeen
The American Connection - Part Eighteen
The American Connection - Part Nineteen
The American Connection - Part Twenty
The American Connection - Part Twenty-One
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Watercolour by Jago Stone - Farthings - Gerrards Cross - 1968
Watercolour by Jago Stone
Farthings - Gerrards Cross - 1968
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