Augustus John

1 portrait of Augustus John

Augustus John, by Charles F. Slade, September 1909 - NPG x21187 - © reserved; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

© reserved; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

Augustus John

by Charles F. Slade
snapshot enlargement, September 1909
6 1/8 in. x 4 3/8 in. (155 mm x 111 mm)
Given by Ewan Phillips, 1982
Photographs Collection
NPG x21187


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

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John had been fascinated by gypsy culture since his childhood. His interest was developed by the Romany scholar John Sampson, whom John met while teaching art at Liverpool in 1901. John developed a bohemian gypsy style with a broad hat, gold earrings and unkempt beard. In 1909, he took to the road, travelling with his family from Surrey to Norfolk. This photograph was taken after John returned to the encampment after a period away painting the Lord Mayor of Liverpool. The caravan party were in a poor state with the horses dying off and the children ill with whooping cough. The family returned to London soon after.

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  • Rolley, Katrina; Aish, Caroline, Fashion in Photographs 1900-1920, 1992, p. 64

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