Augustus John

1 portrait on display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery

Augustus John, by Howard Coster, 1937 - NPG x1939 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Augustus John

by Howard Coster
vintage bromide print on card mount, 1937
7 1/2in. x 9 1/2in. (189 mm x 240 mm)
Given by Estate of Howard Coster, 1959
Photographs Collection
NPG x1939


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  • Augustus Edwin John (1878-1961), Painter. Sitter in 101 portraits, Artist associated with 33 portraits.

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  • Howard Coster (1885-1959), Photographer. Artist associated with 9346 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.

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This photograph was published in the Bystander, 24 November 1942, under the caption 'The Dominating Figure in English Art'. Aged fifty-eight, he is shown in his new studio at Fryern Court, 'surveying a piece of his work with the disapproval of a true artist.' Since 1933 he had been a trustee of the Tate Gallery, which owned seventeen of his pictures. 1937 was the year he became President of the Gypsy Lore Society. In the previous year, he stayed in Laugharne Castle, Wales, and painted two portraits of the poet Dylan Thomas.

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