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Edith Sitwell (1887-1964), Poet

Dame Edith Sitwell

Sitter in 55 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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Dame Edith Sitwell

by Howard Coster
10 x 8 inch film negative, 1937
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Dame Edith Sitwell

by Howard Coster
10 x 8 inch film negative, 1937
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Dame Edith Sitwell

by Howard Coster
10 x 8 inch film negative, 1937
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Dame Edith Sitwell

by Howard Coster
10 x 8 inch film negative, 1937
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Dame Edith Sitwell

by Howard Coster
10 x 8 inch film negative, 1937
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Dame Edith Sitwell

by Howard Coster
10 x 8 inch film negative, 1937
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Dame Edith Sitwell

by Howard Coster
10 x 8 inch film negative, 1937
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Dame Edith Sitwell; Sir (Francis) Osbert Sacheverell Sitwell, 5th Bt

by Bill Brandt
bromide print on card mount, 1945
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Dame Edith Sitwell

by Bill Brandt
bromide print on card mount, 1945
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Dame Edith Sitwell

by Bill Brandt
bromide print, 1945
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Edith Sitwell

by Keystone Press Agency Ltd
vintage print, November 1952
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Dame Edith Sitwell; Marilyn Monroe

by George Silk
modern bromide print, January 1953
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Dame Edith Sitwell

by Mark Gerson
bromide print, May 1962
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