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Augustus John (1878-1961), Painter

Augustus Edwin John

Sitter in 101 portraits
Artist associated with 33 portraits
John was born in Tenby, Pembrokeshire, the third of four children. A brilliant student at the Slade School of Art (1894-98). He had also studied together with his sister Gwen John in Paris. He was associated with the New English Art Club and the Camden Town Group but remained largely independent from artistic trends and movements. By the 1920s he was the leading portraitist of his day whose sitters included distinguished contemporaries such as George Bernard Shaw and T.E. Lawrence. He was elected to the Royal Academy in 1928. Alongside these achievements his lifestyle epitomised that of the bohemian artist, a reputation bolstered by his fascination with Romany culture.

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Augustus John

by Charles F. Slade
snapshot bromide print, 1909
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Augustus John; Dorelia McNeill; Mrs Kochlin; Lady Ottoline Morrell

possibly by Philip Edward Morrell
vintage snapshot print, June 1909
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Lady Ottoline Morrell; Emily Chadbourne; Dorelia McNeill; Augustus John

possibly by Philip Edward Morrell
cream-toned vintage snapshot print, May 1909
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Augustus John; Dorelia McNeill

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
cream-toned vintage snapshot print, May 1909
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Lady Ottoline Morrell; Augustus John; Mrs Kochlin; Dorelia McNeill

possibly by Philip Edward Morrell
vintage snapshot print, June 1909
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Emily Chadbourne; Mrs Kochlin; Dorelia McNeill; Augustus John

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, June 1909
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Augustus John; Lady Ottoline Morrell

by Unknown photographer
vintage snapshot print, 1910
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Augustus John

by Unknown photographer
vintage snapshot print, 1910
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Augustus John

by Alvin Langdon Coburn, published by Duckworth & Co
collotype, 13 January 1914
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Augustus John

by Curling
bromide press print, 1924
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Sir Caspar John; Augustus John; Philip Edward Morrell

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, late 1924
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Poppet Pol (née John); Augustus John

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, late 1924
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Augustus John

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, late 1924
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Augustus John

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, late 1924
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Iris Tree; Augustus John

by Pacific & Atlantic Photos Ltd
bromide press print, 1925
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Augustus John; Constantin Brancusi; Frank Owen Dobson

by Unknown photographer
vintage press print, circa 1925
On display in Room 33 at the National Portrait Gallery
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Augustus John

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, March 1930
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Augustus John

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, March 1930
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Augustus John

by Vandyk, copied by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 1930
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Augustus John

by Carl Vandyk
bromide press print, 1930
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