© National Portrait Gallery, London
William Riddell Birdwood, 1st Baron Birdwood
by John Singer Sargent Click on the links below to find out more
pencil, circa 1922
14 in. x 8 5/8 in. (356 mm x 219 mm)
Given by the artist's sister, Violet Ormond (née Sargent), 1937
- John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), Portrait and landscape painter and muralist. Artist associated with 72 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.
- NPG 1954: General Officers of World War I (finished work)
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and T.S. Eliot's poem, The Waste Land
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) introducing the 'stream of consciousness' narrative technique, and The Waste Land
experimenting with multiple voices and a patchwork of literary, historic, mythological and personal allusions.
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