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Ezra Pound

(1885-1972), Poet

Sitter in 5 portraits
Born in Idaho, USA, Pound came to London in 1908, and became involved with the leading avant-garde writers and artists of the time, including T.S. Eliot, James Joyce and Henri Gaudier-Brzeska. Pound was fascinated by the latest developments in the visual arts, notably abstraction and Cubism. He coined the term Vorticism to describe the British form of Futurism. He wrote for Wyndham Lewis's Blast magazine, which helped disseminate Futurist ideas. The Cantos, his major poetical work, began to appear in 1917. Pound left London in 1920. In the 1930s, Pound became committed to Italian fascist politics, leading to his decade-long incarceration by the US state for treason.

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Ezra Pound, by (Percy) Wyndham Lewis - NPG 6728

Ezra Pound

by (Percy) Wyndham Lewis
crayon, 1920
NPG 6728

Ezra Pound, by Alvin Langdon Coburn, published by  Duckworth & Co - NPG Ax7811

Ezra Pound

by Alvin Langdon Coburn, published by Duckworth & Co
collotype, 22 October 1913
NPG Ax7811

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Ezra Pound

by Alvin Langdon Coburn, published by Duckworth & Co
collotype, 22 October 1913
NPG Ax7847

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Ezra Pound

by Bill Brandt
bromide print on card mount, 1928
NPG x22461

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Ezra Pound

by Rollie McKenna
bromide contact print, 1957
NPG x137164

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