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Augustus John (1878-1961), Painter

Augustus Edwin John

Sitter in 101 portraits
Artist associated with 33 portraits
John was born in Tenby, Pembrokeshire, the third of four children. A brilliant student at the Slade School of Art (1894-98). He had also studied together with his sister Gwen John in Paris. He was associated with the New English Art Club and the Camden Town Group but remained largely independent from artistic trends and movements. By the 1920s he was the leading portraitist of his day whose sitters included distinguished contemporaries such as George Bernard Shaw and T.E. Lawrence. He was elected to the Royal Academy in 1928. Alongside these achievements his lifestyle epitomised that of the bohemian artist, a reputation bolstered by his fascination with Romany culture.

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Augustus John

by Sir William Newenham Montague Orpen
oil on canvas, exhibited 1900
On display in Room 29 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4252


Augustus John, Ambrose McEvoy and Philip Wilson Steer

by Frederick Cole
albumen cabinet card, circa 1900
NPG P1830


Augustus John

by Augustus Edwin John
chalk, circa 1901
NPG 4577


Group associated with the New English Art Club

by Sir William Newenham Montague Orpen
pencil, black chalk (or charcoal), pen, ink and watercolour, circa 1904
NPG 6345


Augustus John

by Sir Jacob Epstein
bronze bust, 1916
NPG 4295


Augustus John

by (Charles) John Hope-Johnstone
platinum print, 1922
NPG P134(25)


Augustus John

by (Charles) John Hope-Johnstone
platinum print, 1922
NPG P134(10)


Augustus John

by (Charles) John Hope-Johnstone
platinum print, 1922
NPG P134(18)


Augustus John

by Sir William Rothenstein
sanguine and white chalk, 1924
NPG 4246


Augustus John

by Sir David Low
pencil, 1926 or before
NPG 4529(185)


Augustus John

by Yousuf Karsh
bromide print, 1954
NPG P490(42)


Augustus John

by Yousuf Karsh
bromide print, 1954
NPG P490(43)


Slade School country picnic

by Unknown photographer
vintage bromide print, April 1899
NPG x38484


Augustus John

by George Charles Beresford
sepia platinotype print, 1902
NPG x13487


Augustus John

by George Charles Beresford
sepia-toned platinotype print, 1902
NPG x13488


Augustus John

by George Charles Beresford
vintage print, 1902
NPG x135062


Augustus John

possibly by (Charles) John Hope-Johnstone
vintage snapshot print, 1909
NPG Ax13021


Augustus John

by Charles F. Slade
snapshot print enlargement, September 1909
NPG x21187

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