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John Drinkwater

(1882-1937), Poet and playwright

Sitter in 16 portraits
Initially an insurance clerk, in the period immediately before the First World War John Drinkwater was one of a group of poets, including Rupert Brooke, who were associated with the Gloucestershire village of Dymock. In 1918, he scored his first major success with his play, Abraham Lincoln. He published his first collection of poetry in 1923. Most of his later writing, however, failed to live up to the promise and popularity of his earlier work and his fame gradually declined. He progressed into literary criticism, and later became manager of Birmingham Repertory Theatre.

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John Drinkwater, by Sir William Rothenstein - NPG 6708

John Drinkwater

by Sir William Rothenstein
pencil, 1915
NPG 6708

John Drinkwater, by Sir William Rothenstein - NPG 6689

John Drinkwater

by Sir William Rothenstein
oil on canvas, circa 1918
NPG 6689

John Drinkwater, by Sir William Rothenstein - NPG 6707

John Drinkwater

by Sir William Rothenstein
red chalk, 1919
NPG 6707

John Drinkwater, by Alice Boughton - NPG P204

John Drinkwater

by Alice Boughton
vintage bromide print, 1920s
NPG P204

John Drinkwater, by Joyce Wansay Thompson - NPG 4094

John Drinkwater

by Joyce Wansay Thompson
chalk, 1935
NPG 4094

John Drinkwater, by Sasha (Alexander Stewart) - NPG x28338

John Drinkwater

by Sasha (Alexander Stewart)
bromide print, June 1928
NPG x28338

John Drinkwater, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x167259

John Drinkwater

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 1931
NPG x167259

John Drinkwater, by Howard Coster - NPG Ax136078

John Drinkwater

by Howard Coster
vintage bromide print, 1934
NPG Ax136078

John Drinkwater, after Unknown artist - NPG D42396

John Drinkwater

after Unknown artist
colour offset lithographic cigarette card, 1937
NPG D42396

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John Drinkwater

by Theodore Spicer-Simson
bronze medallion, 1921
NPG 6967

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John Drinkwater

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1934
NPG x11430

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John Drinkwater

by Howard Coster
10 x 8 inch film negative, 1934
NPG x15321

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John Drinkwater

by Howard Coster
10 x 8 inch film negative, 1934
NPG x15322

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John Drinkwater

by Howard Coster
10 x 8 inch film negative, 1934
NPG x15323

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John Drinkwater

by Howard Coster
10 x 8 inch film negative, 1934
NPG x15324

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