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Edith Sitwell (1887-1964), Poet

Dame Edith Sitwell

Sitter in 56 portraits
The sister of the writers Sacheverall and Osbert Sitwell, her first volume of poems, The Mother, was published in 1915. In collaboration with Osbert, she wrote Twentieth Century Harlequinade (1916). As editor of Wheels, 1916-21, she encouraged Modernist writers. Façade, her poem set to William Walton's music, established the Sitwells as a cultural phenomenon. Her best-known work includes Gold Coast Customs (1929) and English Eccentrics (1933). Four wartime volumes, including Street Songs (1942) and The Shadow of Cain (1947), were inspired by the blitz and the atom bomb.

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Edith Sitwell

by Howard Coster
copy print, 1937
NPG x1639


Edith Sitwell with Pavel Tchelitchew's 'Phenomena' at Tooth's Gallery

by Reg Sayers, for Daily Herald
modern bromide print from original negative, 15 June 1938
NPG x135107


Edith Sitwell

by Horst P. Horst
modern print from original negative, 1948
NPG x137762


Edith Sitwell

by Keystone Press Agency Ltd
vintage print, November 1952
NPG x194189


Edith Sitwell; Sir William Turner Walton; Susana Gil (née Passo), Lady Walton

by Fox Photos Ltd
vintage print, July 1953
NPG x194188


Edith Sitwell

by BBC
resin print, 1959
NPG x125617


Edith Sitwell

by Jane Bown
bromide print, 1959
NPG x28632


Edith Sitwell

by Mark Gerson
modern bromide print, May 1962
NPG x88228


Edith Sitwell

by Mark Gerson
bromide fibre print, May 1962
NPG x46700


The Sitwells

by London Express News and Feature Services
bromide press print, 9 October 1962
NPG x199008


Edith Sitwell

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print on white card mount, 1962
NPG x14209


Edith Sitwell

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, July 1962
NPG x40366


Edith Sitwell

by Derek Parker
vintage bromide print, circa 1963
NPG x125615


Edith Sitwell

by Derek Parker
vintage bromide print, circa 1963
NPG x125616


Edith Sitwell

by Howard Coster
nitrate negative, 1934
NPG x4296

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