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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 Groupbut 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 Howard Coster - NPG x10984

Augustus John

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1937
NPG x10984

Augustus John, by Howard Coster - NPG x10985

Augustus John

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1937
NPG x10985

Augustus John, by Fayer, for  Camera Press: London: UK - NPG x139594

Augustus John

by Fayer, for Camera Press: London: UK
bromide print, 1951
NPG x139594

Augustus John, by Norman Parkinson - NPG x30009

Augustus John

by Norman Parkinson
bromide print on card mount, 1951
NPG x30009

Fiore de Henriquez; Augustus John, by Felix Fonteyn - NPG x127327

Fiore de Henriquez; Augustus John

by Felix Fonteyn
2 1/4 inch square film negative, July 1952
NPG x127327

Augustus John; Fiore de Henriquez, by Felix Fonteyn - NPG x127328

Augustus John; Fiore de Henriquez

by Felix Fonteyn
2 1/4 inch square film negative, July 1952
NPG x127328

Augustus John, by Baron (Sterling Henry Nahum), for  Camera Press: London: UK - NPG x139593

Augustus John

by Baron (Sterling Henry Nahum), for Camera Press: London: UK
bromide print, 1953
NPG x139593

Augustus John, by P.A. Reuter Photos Ltd - NPG x139595

Augustus John

by P.A. Reuter Photos Ltd
bromide print, 15 December 1954
NPG x139595

Augustus John, by Ida Kar - NPG x13785

Augustus John

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1959
NPG x13785

Augustus John, by Ida Kar - NPG x135147

Augustus John

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1959
NPG x135147

Augustus John, by Ida Kar - NPG x135146

Augustus John

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1959
NPG x135146

Augustus John working on a bust of his daughter Poppet, by P.A. Reuter Photos Ltd - NPG x139596

Augustus John working on a bust of his daughter Poppet

by P.A. Reuter Photos Ltd
bromide print, 2 January 1959
NPG x139596

Augustus John, by P.A. Reuter Photos Ltd - NPG x139597

Augustus John

by P.A. Reuter Photos Ltd
bromide print, 2 January 1959
NPG x139597

Augustus John, by Ida Kar - NPG x139605

Augustus John

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1959
NPG x139605

Augustus John, by Ida Kar - NPG x125511

Augustus John

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1959
NPG x125511

Augustus John, by Ida Kar - NPG x125512

Augustus John

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1959
NPG x125512

Dorelia McNeill; Augustus John, by Cecil Beaton - NPG x133299

Dorelia McNeill; Augustus John

by Cecil Beaton
vintage bromide print, June 1960
NPG x133299

Augustus John, by P.A. Reuter Photos Ltd - NPG x139602

Augustus John

by P.A. Reuter Photos Ltd
bromide print, 3 January 1960
NPG x139602

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