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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
10 x 8 inch film negative, 1937
NPG x10964

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Edith Sitwell

by Howard Coster
10 x 8 inch film negative, 1937
NPG x23928

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Edith Sitwell

by Howard Coster
10 x 8 inch film negative, 1937
NPG x23929

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Edith Sitwell

by Howard Coster
10 x 8 inch film negative, 1937
NPG x23930

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Edith Sitwell

by Howard Coster
10 x 8 inch film negative, 1937
NPG x23931

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Edith Sitwell

by Howard Coster
10 x 8 inch film negative, 1937
NPG x23932

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Edith Sitwell

by Howard Coster
10 x 8 inch film negative, 1937
NPG x23933

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Edith Sitwell

by Howard Coster
10 x 8 inch film negative, 1937
NPG x23934

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Edith Sitwell

by Howard Coster
10 x 8 inch film negative, 1937
NPG x23935

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Edith Sitwell; Sir Osbert Sitwell

by Bill Brandt
bromide print on card mount, 1945
NPG x22477

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Edith Sitwell

by Bill Brandt
bromide print on card mount, 1945
NPG x22476

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Edith Sitwell

by Bill Brandt
bromide print, 1945
NPG x9231

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Sir Osbert Sitwell; Edith Sitwell

by Ruth Sondak
bromide print, 8 November 1948
NPG x45790

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Edith Sitwell; Marilyn Monroe

by George Silk
modern bromide print, January 1953
NPG x137375

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Edith Sitwell

by Mark Gerson
bromide print, May 1962
NPG x17973

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