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Fitzrovia


29 People in sitter grouping:

Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, the central London area of Fitzrovia has played host to a wide assortment of creatives, from the artists John Constable and Dante Rosetti, to writers and poets such as Dylan Thomas and Patrick Hamilton. Taking up residence in the Fitzroy Tavern, or later The Wheatsheaf public house, the area became renowned for its literary scene, mixed with the dubious characters of North Soho- as the district was also called. The years 1925-40 can be seen as the area's heyday as a hotbed of creatives and criminals. Post-war, the area quietened and many of the regulars ceased to visit as they moved on to drinking holes on Portland Place, conveniently close to the BBC Headquarters. A lasting portrait of Fitzrovia in its prime can be read in Julian Maclaren-Ross's Memoirs of the Forties (1965), where he captures the bohemian spirit of the area at that time.

George Granville Barker

George Granville Barker

1913-1991
Poet
Sitter in 11 portraits
John Constable

John Constable

1776-1837
Landscape painter
Sitter in 6 portraits | Artist associated with 6 portraits
Quentin Crisp (Dennis Charles Pratt)

Quentin Crisp (Dennis Charles Pratt)

1908-1999
Writer
Sitter in 21 portraits
Nina Hamnett

Nina Hamnett

1890-1956
Painter
Sitter in 1 portrait | Artist of 2 portraits
Augustus Edwin John

Augustus Edwin John

1878-1961
Painter
Sitter in 103 portraits | Artist associated with 33 portraits
Constant Lambert

Constant Lambert

1905-1951
Composer, conductor and critic
Sitter in 32 portraits
George Orwell (Eric Arthur Blair)

George Orwell (Eric Arthur Blair)

1903-1950
Novelist and critic
Sitter in 1 portrait
Anthony Dymoke Powell

Anthony Dymoke Powell

1905-2000
Writer
Sitter in 15 portraits
Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

1828-1882
Painter and poet
Sitter in 29 portraits | Artist associated with 22 portraits
Sir Stephen Harold Spender

Sir Stephen Harold Spender

1909-1995
Poet and critic
Sitter associated with 53 portraits
Dylan Thomas

Dylan Thomas

1914-1953
Poet
Sitter in 22 portraits
James Abbott McNeill Whistler

James Abbott McNeill Whistler

1834-1903
Painter and etcher
Sitter in 15 portraits | Artist associated with 4 portraits
Mulk Raj Anand

Mulk Raj Anand

1905-2004
Writer and critic
Sitter in 2 portraits
Ignatius Royston Dunnachie ('Roy') Campbell

Ignatius Royston Dunnachie ('Roy') Campbell

1901-1957
Poet and translator
Sitter in 12 portraits
Edward Alexander ('Aleister') Crowley

Edward Alexander ('Aleister') Crowley

1875-1947
Writer, mountaineer and occultist; British intelligence Service
Sitter in 2 portraits
Nancy Cunard

Nancy Cunard

1896-1965
Writer
Sitter in 6 portraits
(William) Sydney Graham

(William) Sydney Graham

1918-1986
Poet
Sitter in 5 portraits
(Anthony Walter) Patrick Hamilton

(Anthony Walter) Patrick Hamilton

1904-1962
Novelist and playwright
Sitter in 5 portraits
John Francis Alexander Heath-Stubbs

John Francis Alexander Heath-Stubbs

1918-2006
Poet
Sitter in 10 portraits
(Rudolph) John Frederick Lehmann

(Rudolph) John Frederick Lehmann

1907-1987
Writer, critic and literary editor
Sitter in 17 portraits