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11 People in sitter grouping: Auden group

In the 1930s, Britain was in a period of social crisis, with the after effects of The Great War still felt and another world war looking likely. The working classes were dissatisfied with what they saw as a ruling bourgeois society and a series of failed social reforms. This time of crisis brought with it a new trend for collective identities, and the Auden Group, predominantly a journalistic tool (evident since 1936), was one of these. Also known as 'Thirties Poets', the group which centred around Auden a

W.H. Auden

1907-1973
Poet
Sitter associated with 43 portraits

Benjamin Britten

1913-1976
Composer
Sitter associated with 116 portraits | Artist of 5 portraits

Sir William Menzies Coldstream

1908-1987
Painter
Sitter in 15 portraits

Cecil Day-Lewis

1904-1972
Poet Laureate
Sitter in 52 portraits

Geoffrey Edward Harvey Grigson

1905-1985
Poet, critic and anthologist
Sitter in 2 portraits

Christopher Isherwood

1904-1986
Novelist
Sitter in 29 portraits

(Rudolph) John Frederick Lehmann

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

(Frederick) Louis MacNeice

1907-1963
Poet
Sitter in 13 portraits

(Charles) Robert Owen Medley

1905-1994
Painter
Sitter in 4 portraits

Sir Stephen Harold Spender

1909-1995
Poet and critic
Sitter associated with 52 portraits

Edward Upward

1903-2009
Novelist
Sitter in 9 portraits