Search the Collection

Sir Osbert Sitwell

(1892-1969), Writer

Sir (Francis) Osbert Sacheverell Sitwell, 5th Bt

Sitter in 60 portraits
He joined the army in 1911 and served throughout the First World War. His early poetry, such as The Winstonburg Line (1919), is pacifist in tone. He was a staunch supporter of the avant-garde poetry of Ezra Pound and T. S. Eliot, and was a patron of the young William Walton, for whose Belshazzar's Feast he wrote the libretto in 1926. His travel writing includes Winters of Discontent(1932), about Italy, and Escape with me! (1939) on China and the Far East. His five-volume autobiography Left-Hand, Right Hand (1944-50) is considered his masterpiece.

List Thumbnail

Sir Osbert Sitwell, by Nina Hamnett - NPG 5916

Sir Osbert Sitwell

by Nina Hamnett
oil on canvas, circa 1918
NPG 5916

Sir Osbert Sitwell, by Frank Owen Dobson - NPG 6320

Sir Osbert Sitwell

by Frank Owen Dobson
plaster cast of head, 1994 (1922)
NPG 6320

Sir Osbert Sitwell, by Frank Owen Dobson - NPG 6321

Sir Osbert Sitwell

by Frank Owen Dobson
bronze head, 1994 (1922)
NPG 6321

Sir Osbert Sitwell, by Reginald John ('Rex') Whistler - NPG 5009

Sir Osbert Sitwell

by Reginald John ('Rex') Whistler
pencil and watercolour, 1935
NPG 5009

Sir Osbert Sitwell, by Horst P. Horst - NPG P1662

Sir Osbert Sitwell

by Horst P. Horst
bromide print, 1948
NPG P1662

Sir Osbert Sitwell, by Emil Otto ('E.O.') Hoppé - NPG x45789

Sir Osbert Sitwell

by Emil Otto ('E.O.') Hoppé
modern bromide print, 1918
NPG x45789

Sir Osbert Sitwell, by Unknown photographer - NPG x46608

Sir Osbert Sitwell

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, 1919
NPG x46608

Sir Osbert Sitwell, by Maurice Beck and Helen Macgregor - NPG x12506

Sir Osbert Sitwell

by Maurice Beck and Helen Macgregor
bromide print, 1920s
NPG x12506

Sir Osbert Sitwell, by Maurice Beck and Helen Macgregor - NPG x12403

Sir Osbert Sitwell

by Maurice Beck and Helen Macgregor
bromide print, early 1920s
NPG x12403

Sir Osbert Sitwell, by Cecil Beaton - NPG x40367

Sir Osbert Sitwell

by Cecil Beaton
vintage bromide print, 1926
NPG x40367

Sir Osbert Sitwell, by Howard Coster - NPG Ax3439

Sir Osbert Sitwell

by Howard Coster
print, 1927
NPG Ax3439

Sir Osbert Sitwell, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x84787

Sir Osbert Sitwell

by Bassano Ltd
bromide print, 29 September 1933
NPG x84787

Sir Osbert Sitwell, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x84788

Sir Osbert Sitwell

by Bassano Ltd
bromide print, 29 September 1933
NPG x84788

Sir Osbert Sitwell, by Howard Coster - NPG Ax136116

Sir Osbert Sitwell

by Howard Coster
vintage bromide print, 1934
NPG Ax136116

Sir Osbert Sitwell, by Howard Coster - NPG x24212

Sir Osbert Sitwell

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1934
NPG x24212

Sir Osbert Sitwell, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x127599

Sir Osbert Sitwell

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 21 June 1939
NPG x127599

Sir Osbert Sitwell, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x127600

Sir Osbert Sitwell

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 21 June 1939
NPG x127600

Sir Osbert Sitwell, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x127601

Sir Osbert Sitwell

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 21 June 1939
NPG x127601

Sir (Francis) Osbert Sacheverell Sitwell, by Rollie McKenna - NPG x137195

Sir (Francis) Osbert Sacheverell Sitwell

by Rollie McKenna
bromide print, 1950s
NPG x137195

Family Tree

Tell us moreback to top

Can you tell us more about this person? Spotted an error, information that is missing (a sitter’s life dates, occupation or family relationships, or a date of portrait for example) or do you know anything that we don't know? If you have information to share please complete the form below.

If you require information from us, please use our Archive enquiry service. If you wish to license an image, please use our Rights and Images service.

Please note that we cannot provide valuations.

We digitise over 8,000 portraits a year and we cannot guarantee being able to digitise images that are not already scheduled.

What can you tell us?close

There are occasions when we are unsure of the identity of a sitter or artist, their life dates, occupation or have not recorded their family relationships. Sometimes we have not recorded the date of a portrait. Do you have specialist knowledge or a particular interest about any aspect of the portrait or sitter or artist that you can share with us? We would welcome any information that adds to and enhances our information and understanding about a particular portrait, sitter or artist.

Citationclose

How do you know this? Please could you let us know your source of information.

* Permission to publish (Privacy information)
Privacy Informationclose

The National Portrait Gallery will NOT use your information to contact you or store for any other purpose than to investigate or display your contribution. By ticking permission to publish you are indicating your agreement for your contribution to be shown on this collection item page. Please note your email address will not be displayed on the page nor will it be used for any marketing material or promotion of any kind.

Please ensure your comments are relevant and appropriate. Your contributions must be polite and with no intention of causing trouble. All contributions are moderated.

Your nameclose

If you tick permission to publish your name will appear above your contribution on our website.

Your Emailclose

Contributions are moderated. We'll need your email address so that we can follow up on the information provided and contact you to let you know when your contribution has been published.