Mysterious girl: Tina and the art of J.H Lynch You may not know her name or where she came from, but chances are you’ll know her face. “Tina” the mysterious and exotic painting by the equally mysterious J.H Lynch has graced our walls since her birth in the early Sixties. Part of the world of mass market prints sold in outlets like Boots and Woolworth’s, Tina and the rest of Lynch’s overture of sultry babes were purchased in their thousands, becoming a household staple for the rest of the Sixties and Seventies. Amy Rosa reports. In the last 20 years vintage ‘mass market art’ has emerged as key decoration for any vintage-inspired home with the choice ranging from green ladies to crying boys and the ever impending presence of sad-eyed Spanish children baring down from many a junk shop wall and flea market stall. The right print, by the right artist, can often command prices of £100+, so it can prove expensive to find the perfect painting to adorn your walls. Wide-eyed children might not be your cup of tea nor the supposedly cursed crying boy paintings (urban legend has it that unless you have both the crying boy and crying girl on your walls, your house will burn down). Tretchikoff and his ladies in hues of green and blue can prove pricey, ranging from £50 to well over £100. So if you want the sex appeal of a green lady and bags of kitsch chic without such a hefty price tag, J.H Lynch and his Tina could be perfect for you. Little is known about British artist Joseph Henry Lynch (b. 1911) despite painting an image that has been part of the British psyche for the last 45 years. He died aged 78 in 1989 having destroyed many of his original paintings and donating what little was left to charity. It seems impossible to find any information about Lynch’s activities before the Sixties. 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 Orangeand 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. For more info on J.H Lynch and an extensive gallery check out www.jhlynch.org 22 Responses shane February 11th, 2011 The picture shown above, i have one and another one of tina posing in front of stone building with a ladder in it also are they worth much Reply rod miller March 21st, 2011 oh yes i forgot to ask how much is it worth it is in original frame Reply joe November 6th, 2011 I have been looking at these prints for a long time now but never seen Tina with a ladder anywhaere, it could be a rare one, if possible can i have a photo of the print thanks joe Reply eltia December 19th, 2011 i have the exact same pAINTING signed by LH Lynch and would like to sell it Reply George Landsberg March 14th, 2014 I am looking for the Tina paintings. At what prize will you sell it . Let me know please George Reply Brigitte @ Cheap Vintage Clothing February 11th, 2012 Those are so cool! I’ve been into finding vintage art at thrift stores and do well selling them. People really appreciate having access to them. I’ll keep an eye out for these too now. Reply BUX November 29th, 2014 Brigitte, I copy these paintings in oil. Always looking for more people to sell them on. Reply ellie April 16th, 2012 Hi my dad works in a scrap yard and he had this painting it was signed j h lynch you can tell its not a print and has a number on the back its of a women with dark hair in red does any one have any info on this would be very helpfull thanks Reply Lisa August 10th, 2012 Hi, got a painting of J.H.Lynch. would like to know the value bought from a charity shop. Reply Randy December 23rd, 2014 Yes I love to know how much a real Tina would bring in great shap : Really nice work : ) Thanks. Reply josh March 13th, 2013 ‘Discovered’ what i think are two lynch prints together, one is common ‘Tina’ the other ive not seen before but looks like tina in a different pose (not green dress) doesnt seem to feature in any gallery ive been able to access interested in exploreing its possible value/selling, thanks Reply emily January 2nd, 2014 I’m not a fan of ‘Tina’ I find the fake jungle behind a little freaky, but i do have a gorgeous Louis Schabner by the name of ‘Sara’. We got her for nothing and apparently she’s worth about £150, even as a print. Not that it matters, were keeping her. My mum hates her, she says she saw too many of ‘those kind of prints’ growing up 🙁 Reply RJi January 5th, 2014 Grew up with Tina hanging above the fireplace. My Dad loved her and I can’t wait to tell him his favourite girl is now worth a few quid. Wonder if she’s still hidden away somewhere in the loft? Reply George Landsberg March 14th, 2014 Hi dont you want to sell Tina. George Reply Randy December 23rd, 2014 Tina I like to know how much one of the real ones would go far $$ She is very pretty : Thanks if anyone would like to send me a bid on the one I have. Zed Nelson February 15th, 2016 Dear Rji, does our dad still have the painting?? I’m a photographer interested in finding people who have a ‘Tina’ painting hanging on their wall at home. I’m doing a series of portraits. My work is published in the Guardian Weekend magazine and the Sunday Times magazine, and my images are in the permanent collection of the V&A museum, London. This is a personal project, so I can offer no payment, but happy to give a copy of the resulting photograph. Please contact me if interested to be included, or know of people who have the painting at home. (As well as being interested in finding people who have more recently bought and hung a ‘Tina’, I’m also really interested to find people who have had them for years, who bought them when they first became popular and available. My email: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply Alber March 31st, 2014 I have Tina painting was singed j.h.lynch . I like to know how much is it worth Reply Ari June 2nd, 2014 Does anyone else think ‘Tina’ has an uncanny resemblance to Kim Kardashian? Reply Pete January 16th, 2015 I have a Lynch with the girl behind a tree. It’s a print in a wood frame. Very nice indeed. Reply BOKKIE February 18th, 2015 I have a Tina painting whant to sell it Reply nick May 7th, 2015 I have 23 Lynch original paintings sourced via his daughter. He was born in Camden Town, London, trained at art school then worked in graphic design, he then set up a partnership later. He started his girls later on as a kind of hobby. In 1961 he was already 50. I have paintings by him of Nadia Comaneci and Bardot, a young girl possibly his daughter They are paintings not prints, the only print is a Tina, owned by the family since new, possibly the first of the run, colours are much bolder. Reply Debbie September 2nd, 2015 I have a print of Tina can u tell me eat its worth Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.