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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.