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29 People in sitter grouping: Fitzrovia

Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, the central London area of Fitzrovia has played host to a wide assortment of creatives, from the artists John Constable and Dante Rosetti, to writers and poets such as Dylan Thomas and Patrick Hamilton. Taking up residence in the Fitzroy Tavern, or later The Wheatsheaf public house, the area became renowned for its literary scene, mixed with the dubious characters of North Soho- as the district was also called. The years 1925-40 can be seen as the area's heyday as a hotbed of creatives and criminals. Post-war, the area quietened and many of the regulars ceased to visit as they moved on to drinking holes on Portland Place, conveniently close to the BBC Headquarters. A lasting portrait of Fitzrovia in its prime can be read in Julian Maclaren-Ross's Memoirs of the Forties (1965), where he captures the bohemian spirit of the area at that time.

John Constable

1776-1837
Landscape painter
Sitter in 6 portraits | Artist associated with 6 portraits

Augustus John

1878-1961
Painter
Sitter in 101 portraits | Artist associated with 33 portraits

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

1828-1882
Painter and poet
Sitter in 29 portraits | Artist associated with 22 portraits

Mulk Raj Anand

1905-2004
Writer and critic
Sitter in 2 portraits

George Granville Barker

1913-1991
Poet
Sitter in 11 portraits

Roy Campbell

1901-1957
Poet and translator
Sitter in 12 portraits

Quentin Crisp

1908-1999
Writer
Sitter in 20 portraits

Edward Alexander ('Aleister') Crowley

1875-1947
Writer, mountaineer and occultist; British intelligence Service
Sitter in 2 portraits

Nancy Cunard

1896-1965
Writer
Sitter in 6 portraits

(William) Sydney Graham

1918-1986
Poet
Sitter in 5 portraits

(Anthony Walter) Patrick Hamilton

1904-1962
Novelist and playwright
Sitter in 5 portraits

Nina Hamnett

1890-1956
Painter
Sitter in 1 portrait | Artist of 2 portraits

John Francis Alexander Heath-Stubbs

1918-2006
Poet
Sitter in 10 portraits

Constant Lambert

1905-1951
Composer, conductor and critic
Sitter in 31 portraits

(Rudolph) John Frederick Lehmann

1907-1987
Writer, critic and literary editor
Sitter in 16 portraits

Colin MacInnes

1914-1976
Writer
Sitter in 10 portraits

Ras Prince Monolulu (Peter Carl MacKay)

1881-1965
Racing tipster
Sitter in 2 portraits

George Orwell

1903-1950
Novelist and critic
Sitter in 1 portrait

Paul Hugh Howard Potts

1911-1990
Poet
Sitter in 2 portraits

Anthony Powell

1905-2000
Writer
Sitter in 16 portraits