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Edith Sitwell (1887-1964), Poet

Dame Edith Sitwell

Sitter in 56 portraits
The sister of the writers Sacheverall and Osbert Sitwell, her first volume of poems, The Mother, was published in 1915. In collaboration with Osbert, she wrote Twentieth Century Harlequinade (1916). As editor of Wheels, 1916-21, she encouraged Modernist writers. Façade, her poem set to William Walton's music, established the Sitwells as a cultural phenomenon. Her best-known work includes Gold Coast Customs (1929) and English Eccentrics (1933). Four wartime volumes, including Street Songs (1942) and The Shadow of Cain (1947), were inspired by the blitz and the atom bomb.

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4464

Edith Sitwell

by (Percy) Wyndham Lewis
pencil, 1921
NPG 4464

4465

Edith Sitwell

by (Percy) Wyndham Lewis
pencil and wash, 1923
NPG 4465

5801

Edith Sitwell

by Maurice Lambert
aluminium head, 1985 (circa 1926-1927)
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5801

P868

Edith Sitwell

by Cecil Beaton
vintage bromide print, December 1926
NPG P868

5875

Edith Sitwell

by Pavel Tchelitchew
gouache with sand, 1927
NPG 5875

P867

Edith Sitwell

by Cecil Beaton
vintage bromide print, 1930
NPG P867

5962

Edith Sitwell

by John Banting
gouache, circa 1944
NPG 5962

P1682

Edith Sitwell

by Rollie McKenna
bromide print, 1953
NPG P1682

x40360

Edith Sitwell

by Cecil Beaton
vintage bromide print, December 1926
NPG x40360

x40362

Edith Sitwell

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, 1927
NPG x40362

x40361

Edith Sitwell

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print on white card mount, 1927
NPG x40361

x135357

Edith Sitwell

by Photo Press
bromide press print, 1928
NPG x135357

x82160

Edith Sitwell

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate copy negative, 1929
NPG x82160

x40363

Edith Sitwell

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print on white card mount, 1930
NPG x40363

x40364

Edith Sitwell

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print on white card mount, 1930
NPG x40364

x40984

Edith Sitwell

by Cecil Beaton
bromide postcard print on album page, 1930
NPG x40984

x40985

Edith Sitwell

by Cecil Beaton
bromide postcard print on album page, 1930
NPG x40985

x40986

Edith Sitwell

by Cecil Beaton
bromide postcard print on album page, 1930
NPG x40986

x45497

Edith Sitwell

by Fox Photos Ltd
modern bromide print, 1931
NPG x45497

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