2 of 56 portraits of Edith Sitwell
© Wyndham Lewis and the estate of the late Mrs G A Wyndham Lewis by kind permission of the Wyndham Lewis Memorial Trust (a registered charity)
by Wyndham Lewis
pencil and wash, 1923
15 3/4 in. x 11 3/8 in. (400 mm x 289 mm)
Given by the sitter's brother, Sir (Francis) Osbert Sacheverell Sitwell, 5th Bt, 1965
Artistback to top
- (Percy) Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957), Painter and novelist. Artist associated with 39 portraits, Sitter in 18 portraits.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Clerk, Honor, The Sitwells, 1994 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 14 October - 22 January 1995), p. 102 Read entry
This later drawing by Lewis shows Edith with the hair-style familiar from Guevara's portrait. Uncharacteristically, she is wearing a flapper's bandeau, which may have inspired Maisie Gay's head-dress in 'The Swiss Family Whittlebot' sketch.
- Edwards, Paul, Wyndham Lewis Portraits, 2008 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 3 July to 19 October 2008), p. 44
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 567
Events of 1923back to top
Current affairsStanley Baldwin begins the first of three terms of government as Conservative Prime Minister following the resignation of Andrew Bonar Law.
Art and scienceBolton Wanderers beat West Ham United in the first FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium. The Cup Final was held at Wembley every year except during the war until 2000.
InternationalHitler attempts to take power in Germany with the Munich Beer Hall Putsch. On the 8th November Hitler and the SA stormed a meeting of the ruling 'triumvirs' forcing them to support a march on Berlin. The coup, however, failed and Hitler was arrested and sentences to five years in prison.
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