Augustus John

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Augustus John, by Sir William Newenham Montague Orpen, exhibited 1900 - NPG 4252 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Augustus John

by Sir William Newenham Montague Orpen
oil on canvas, exhibited 1900
39 in. x 37 in. (991 mm x 940 mm)
Given by The Art Fund, 1962
Primary Collection
NPG 4252


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  • Augustus Edwin John (1878-1961), Painter. Sitter associated with 88 portraits, Artist associated with 33 portraits.

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Orpen and John met while studying at the Slade and became constant companions. Fifty years later John criticised this portrait for not conveying 'the shy, dreamy and reticent character of its model'. It is in fact one of Orpen's finest early portraits of a young artist whose behaviour was often far from 'reticent'.

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