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Edward James (1907-1984), Poet, designer and patron of the arts

Sitter in 3 portraits
A passionate supporter of the Surrealist movement, James built up the finest private collection of Surrealist paintings and art objects, particularly the works of Salvador Dali. He inherited considerable wealth, which allowed him to become patron of a number of artistic projects. In 1964 he founded the Edward James Foundation to support and teach artists and craftspeople.

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Edward James

by Norman Parkinson
chlorobromide print, late 1930s
NPG P1664


Edward James

by Cecil Beaton
10 x 8 inch bromide contact print, 1931
NPG x40241


Edward James

by Brenda Herdman
bromide print, April 1982
NPG x35184