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Augustus John (1878-1961), Painter

Augustus Edwin John

Sitter associated with 88 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 Alvin Langdon Coburn, published by Duckworth & Co
collotype, 13 January 1914
NPG Ax7855


Augustus John

by (Charles) John Hope-Johnstone
vintage snapshot print, circa 1922
NPG Ax13022


Tallulah Bankhead; Augustus John

by Unknown photographer
vintage print, 1930
NPG x194045


Augustus John

by Howard Coster
print, 1937
NPG x1941


Augustus John

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1937
NPG x10977


Augustus John

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1937
NPG x10978


Augustus John

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1959
NPG x134156


Augustus John; Talitha Dina Pol

by United Press International
vintage press print, 1961
NPG x135097