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Dame Edith Sitwell

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Dame Edith Sitwell, by Pavel Tchelitchew, 1927 - NPG 5875 - © reserved; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

© reserved; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

Dame Edith Sitwell

by Pavel Tchelitchew
gouache with sand, 1927
24 5/8 in. x 18 7/8 in. (625 mm x 479 mm)
Purchased, 1986
Primary Collection
NPG 5875


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The Russian emigré artist painted six major portraits of her during the course of a long and volatile friendship; this, probably the first, was painted as Edith Sitwell was on the point of replacing Gertrude Stein as Tchelitchew's champion and muse.

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