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Sir Osbert Sitwell

(1892-1969), Writer

Sir (Francis) Osbert Sacheverell Sitwell, 5th Bt

Sitter in 61 portraits
Author of poetry, fiction, biography and travel writing, Sitwell joined the army in 1911 and served throughout the First World War. Although the majority of his poetry is light and satiric, his early poems, such as The Winstonburg Line (1919), are pacifist in tone. Sitwell was a supporter of the avant-garde poets Ezra Pound and T. S. Eliot, and a patron of the young composer William Walton, writing the libretto for his Belshazzar’s Feast in 1926. Sitwell is now best known for his five-volume autobiography Left-Hand, Right Hand (1944–50).

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Sir Osbert Sitwell, by Nina Hamnett - NPG 5916

Sir Osbert Sitwell

by Nina Hamnett
oil on canvas, circa 1918
On display in Room 30 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5916

Sir Osbert Sitwell, by Frank Owen Dobson - NPG 6320

Sir Osbert Sitwell

by Frank Owen Dobson
plaster cast of head, 1994, based on a work of 1922
NPG 6320

Sir Osbert Sitwell, by Frank Owen Dobson - NPG 6321

Sir Osbert Sitwell

by Frank Owen Dobson
bronze head, 1994, based on a work of 1922
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6321

Sir Osbert Sitwell, by Rex Whistler - NPG 5009

Sir Osbert Sitwell

by Rex Whistler
pencil and watercolour, 1935
NPG 5009

Sir Osbert Sitwell, by Horst P. Horst - NPG P1662

Sir Osbert Sitwell

by Horst P. Horst
bromide print, 1948
NPG P1662

Sir Osbert Sitwell, by E.O. Hoppé - NPG x45789

Sir Osbert Sitwell

by E.O. Hoppé
modern bromide print, 1918
NPG x45789

Sir Osbert Sitwell, by Unknown photographer - NPG x46608

Sir Osbert Sitwell

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, 1919
NPG x46608

Sir Osbert Sitwell, by Maurice Beck and Helen Macgregor - NPG x12506

Sir Osbert Sitwell

by Maurice Beck and Helen Macgregor
bromide print, 1920s
NPG x12506

Sir Osbert Sitwell, by Maurice Beck and Helen Macgregor - NPG x12403

Sir Osbert Sitwell

by Maurice Beck and Helen Macgregor
bromide print, early 1920s
NPG x12403

Sir Osbert Sitwell, by Cecil Beaton - NPG x40367

Sir Osbert Sitwell

by Cecil Beaton
vintage bromide print, 1926
NPG x40367

Sir Osbert Sitwell, by Howard Coster - NPG Ax3439

Sir Osbert Sitwell

by Howard Coster
bromide print, 1927
NPG Ax3439

Sir Osbert Sitwell, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x84787

Sir Osbert Sitwell

by Bassano Ltd
bromide print, 29 September 1933
NPG x84787

Sir Osbert Sitwell, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x84788

Sir Osbert Sitwell

by Bassano Ltd
bromide print, 29 September 1933
NPG x84788

Sir Osbert Sitwell, by Howard Coster - NPG Ax136116

Sir Osbert Sitwell

by Howard Coster
bromide print, 1934
NPG Ax136116

Sir Osbert Sitwell, by Howard Coster - NPG x24212

Sir Osbert Sitwell

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1934
NPG x24212

Sir Osbert Sitwell, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x127599

Sir Osbert Sitwell

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 21 June 1939
NPG x127599

Sir Osbert Sitwell, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x127600

Sir Osbert Sitwell

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 21 June 1939
NPG x127600

Sir Osbert Sitwell, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x127601

Sir Osbert Sitwell

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 21 June 1939
NPG x127601

Sir Osbert Sitwell; Edith Sitwell, by Ruth Sondak - NPG x45790

Sir Osbert Sitwell; Edith Sitwell

by Ruth Sondak
bromide print, 8 November 1948
NPG x45790

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