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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
pencil, 1915
NPG 6708


John Drinkwater

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


John Drinkwater

by Sir William Rothenstein
red chalk, 1919
NPG 6707


John Drinkwater

by Alice Boughton
vintage bromide print, 1920s
NPG P204


John Drinkwater

by Joyce Wansay Thompson
chalk, 1935
NPG 4094


John Drinkwater

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


John Drinkwater

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 1931
NPG x167259


John Drinkwater

by Howard Coster
vintage bromide print, 1934
NPG Ax136078


John Drinkwater

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


John Drinkwater

by Theodore Spicer-Simson
bronze medallion, 1921
NPG 6967


John Drinkwater

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


John Drinkwater

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


John Drinkwater

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


John Drinkwater

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


John Drinkwater

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

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