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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; Sarah John, by P.A. Reuter Photos Ltd - NPG x139598

Augustus John; Sarah John

by P.A. Reuter Photos Ltd
bromide print, 3 January 1960
NPG x139598

Simon John; Augustus John; Fenella John, by P.A. Reuter Photos Ltd - NPG x139603

Simon John; Augustus John; Fenella John

by P.A. Reuter Photos Ltd
bromide print, 3 January 1960
NPG x139603

Dorelia McNeill; Augustus John, by Cecil Beaton - NPG x40245

Dorelia McNeill; Augustus John

by Cecil Beaton
vintage bromide print, June 1960
NPG x40245

Augustus John, by Douglas Miller, for  Keystone Press Agency Ltd - NPG x139604

Augustus John

by Douglas Miller, for Keystone Press Agency Ltd
bromide print, 13 March 1961
NPG x139604

Augustus John, by Alexander ('Alick') Penrose Forbes Ritchie - NPG D2671

Augustus John

by Alexander ('Alick') Penrose Forbes Ritchie
colour relief halftone cigarette card, 1926
NPG D2671

Augustus John, after (Percy) Wyndham Lewis - NPG D32946

Augustus John

after (Percy) Wyndham Lewis
lithograph, 1932
NPG D32946

Augustus John, by Anthony Wysard - NPG D277

Augustus John

by Anthony Wysard
watercolour, 1949
NPG D277

Augustus John, by Julian Melgrave - NPG D3312

Augustus John

by Julian Melgrave
drypoint etching, 1950s?
NPG D3312

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Augustus John

by Bill Brandt
vintage bromide print, 1945
NPG P191

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Augustus John

by George Charles Beresford
dry-plate glass negative, 1902
NPG x6524

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Augustus John

by George Charles Beresford
dry-plate glass negative, 1902
NPG x6525

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Augustus John

by Alvin Langdon Coburn, published by Duckworth & Co
collotype, 13 January 1914
NPG Ax7855

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Augustus John

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

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Augustus John

by Howard Coster
print, 1937
NPG x1941

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Augustus John

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

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Augustus John

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

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Augustus John

by Allan Chappelow, for Pictorial Press
bromide print, 1953
NPG x139592

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Augustus John

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

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