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Sitter in 3 portraits
John L. Nevinson; John Bicknell Auden; Bernard Auden
by Elliott & Frybromide printNPG x25118
John L. Nevinson; John Bicknell Auden; W.H. Auden
by Elliott & Frybromide print, circa 1917NPG x25119
John L. Nevinson
by Passport Photo Serviceprint, 22 February 1983NPG x25117
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21 September 2017, 13:54
I think that this is John Lea Nevinson, dress and textile historian, 1904-1986. He worked at the Victoria and Albert Museum 1929-1939. From 1931-39 he was an assistant keeper in the Textiles Department. After WWII he joined the Ministry of Education, but pursued his interests in dress and textile history, as well as renaissance iconography and prints, publishing articles on these subjects for Connoisseur, Apollo, Costume and other journals. He wrote the essay on dress for Latham & Matthew's Companion to Samuel Pepys diary. The Costume Society (UK) dedicated the 1984 edition of their journal Costume to him (vol18), which includes an appreciation by Donald King, a bibliography of his publications, as well as some photos of Nevinson, from which you will be able to identify if he is the same person as in your photos. Nevinson died in 1985 and there is an obituary in Costume vol.20. Claude Blair, who from your records appears to be the executor of Nevinson's estate, was a former colleague at the V&A. The Auden connection is very intriguing; they would have been young boys in 1917 (haven't worked this out yet!).
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