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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.

Mulk Raj Anand

Mulk Raj Anand

1905-2004
Writer and critic
Sitter in 2 portraits
George Granville Barker

George Granville Barker

1913-1991
Poet
Sitter in 11 portraits
Roy Campbell

Roy Campbell

1901-1957
Poet and translator
Sitter in 12 portraits
John Constable

John Constable

1776-1837
Landscape painter
Sitter in 6 portraits | Artist associated with 6 portraits
Quentin Crisp

Quentin Crisp

1908-1999
Writer
Sitter in 21 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
Poet and political activist
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
Nina Hamnett

Nina Hamnett

1890-1956
Painter
Sitter in 1 portrait | Artist of 2 portraits
John Francis Alexander Heath-Stubbs

John Francis Alexander Heath-Stubbs

1918-2006
Poet
Sitter in 10 portraits
Augustus John

Augustus John

1878-1961
Painter
Sitter in 106 portraits | Artist associated with 33 portraits
Constant Lambert

Constant Lambert

1905-1951
Composer, conductor and critic
Sitter in 33 portraits
(Rudolph) John Frederick Lehmann

(Rudolph) John Frederick Lehmann

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

Colin MacInnes

1914-1976
Writer
Sitter in 10 portraits
Ras Prince Monolulu (Peter Carl MacKay)

Ras Prince Monolulu (Peter Carl MacKay)

1881-1965
Racing tipster
Sitter in 5 portraits
George Orwell

George Orwell

1903-1950
Novelist and critic
Sitter in 1 portrait
Paul Hugh Howard Potts

Paul Hugh Howard Potts

1911-1990
Poet
Sitter in 2 portraits
Anthony Powell

Anthony Powell

1905-2000
Writer
Sitter in 15 portraits
Alan Rawsthorne

Alan Rawsthorne

1905-1971
Composer
Sitter in 8 portraits
Keidrych Rhys

Keidrych Rhys

1915-1987
Poet, writer and editor of 'Wales'
Sitter in 14 portraits
Alan John Ross

Alan John Ross

1922-2001
Writer and editor
Sitter in 7 portraits
Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

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

Stephen Spender

1909-1995
Poet and critic
Sitter associated with 53 portraits
Meary James Thurairajah Tambimuttu

Meary James Thurairajah Tambimuttu

1915-1983
Poet and editor
Sitter in 1 portrait
Caitlin Macnamara Thomas

Caitlin Macnamara Thomas

1913-1994
Wife of Dylan Thomas
Sitter in 10 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
Joan Wyndham

Joan Wyndham

1921-2007
Novelist
Sitter in 1 portrait

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