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Augustus Edwin John

(1878-1961), Painter

Sitter in 103 portraits
Artist associated with 33 portraits
John was born in Tenby, Pembrokeshire, the third of four children. A brilliant student at the Slade School of Art (1894-98). He had also studied together with his sister Gwen John in Paris. He was associated with the New English Art Club and the Camden Town Group but remained largely independent from artistic trends and movements. By the 1920s he was the leading portraitist of his day whose sitters included distinguished contemporaries such as George Bernard Shaw and T.E. Lawrence. He was elected to the Royal Academy in 1928. Alongside these achievements his lifestyle epitomised that of the bohemian artist, a reputation bolstered by his fascination with Romany culture.

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Dylan Thomas, by Augustus John - NPG 7049

Dylan Thomas

by Augustus John
oil on canvas, circa 1937-1938
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 7049

Unknown woman, by B. dS, possibly after  Augustus John - NPG D42608

Unknown woman

by B. dS, possibly after Augustus John
etching, early 20th century
NPG D42608

Wyndham Lewis, by Augustus John - NPG D37319

Wyndham Lewis

by Augustus John
etching, circa 1903
NPG D37319

Ursula Tyrwhitt, by Augustus John - NPG D7520

Ursula Tyrwhitt

by Augustus John
etching, 1903
NPG D7520

Oliver Elton, after Augustus John - NPG D36175

Oliver Elton

after Augustus John
gravure, 1930 or before
NPG D36175

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