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1882

Percy Wyndham Lewis is born in Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada.

1914

Vorticism is established.  Lewis publishes the Vorticist magazine, Blast in June.

1915

Publishes the second and final issue of Blast (a war issue.)

1916-1918

War service in the Royal Artillery.  In 1917, Lewis was appointed as an official war artist for British and Canadian governments.

1918

Publishes his first novel, Tarr which receives favourable reviews from the likes of Rebecca West and T. S. Eliot.  Lewis meets Gladys Hoskins (Froanna), his future wife.

1918-1921

Lives with Iris Barry, who gave birth to two children during this time.

1920-1921

Mr Wyndham Lewis as a Tyro

1921

Portrait of the Artist as the Painter Raphael.

James Joyce

1921-1922

Publishes the arts magazine The Tyro and holds the ‘Tyros and Portraits’ exhibition, which included the paintings Mr Wyndham Lewis as a Tyro and Portrait of the Artist as the Painter Raphael.

1922-1926

 

Mrs Schiff

1930

Publishes The Apes of God.  Marries Froanna.

1931

Publishes Hitler, a political book which presented Hitler as a ‘man of peace.’

1932

Self Portrait

Holds ‘Thirty Personalities’ exhibition, which included portraits of G. K. Chesterton, Wing- Commander Orlebar and Rebecca West.

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Rebecca West

1933

Resumes painting in oils, following a 10 year break.

1936

Edith Sitwell

Completes Edith Sitwell, which was begun in 1921 and abandoned.

1937

Froanna, Portrait of the Artist’s Wife

Publishes The Revenge for Love, a novel about the events preceding the Spanish Civil War, and Blasting and Bombardiering, an autobiography.

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Red Portrait

1938

T. S. Eliot

Lewis’s portrait of T. S. Eliot is rejected by the Royal Academy for its annual exhibition in April.

Stephen Spender

1939

Ezra Pound

Publishes The Jews: Are they Human? an attack on anti-Semitism.  Leaves with his wife for North America.  Lewis paints his only commissioned official portrait which is of Chancellor Samuel Capen.  Publishes The Hitler Cult, retracting his former views on the German dictator.


Chancellor Samuel Capen

Chancellor Samuel Capen

1941

Notices serious deterioration in his eyesight.

1945

Returns with his wife to England.

1949-1951

Employed as art-critic for The Listener but announces his blindness and resigns in 1951.

Dies in Westminster Hospital, London, as a result of the pituitary tumour which caused his blindness.
 

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