21 of 63 portraits by Duckworth & Co
by Alvin Langdon Coburn, published by Duckworth & Co
collotype, 13 January 1914
8in. x 6 1/4in. (211 mm x 153 mm)
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- Augustus Edwin John (1878-1961), Painter. Sitter in 106 portraits, Artist associated with 33 portraits.
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This photograph of John in his Chelsea studio was published in More Men of Mark, 1922, Coburn's second volume of photographs of leading politicians, authors and artists. The accompanying text, describes John as 'a remarkably picturesque subject'. The photograph was taken in the year that John was elected president of the National Portrait Society. Following the outbreak of war he was attached to the Canadian Army. He drew soldiers at the front but failed to produce a major finished work. In 1918 he punched a fellow officer and avoided court-martial only through the intervention of his patron, Lord Beaverbrook.
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Augustus John: A Life in Portraits (26 July 2011 - 18 March 2012)
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Current affairsFollowing Germany's declaration of war on France and invasion of Belgium, Herbert Henry Asquith, the British Prime Minister, declares war on the German Empire on August 4, 1914. The popular belief that the conflict would be 'over by Christmas' was soon found to be a bitter underestimate of the scale of the war.
Art and scienceThe fist issue of the periodical Blast is published by Wyndham Lewis, announcing the advent of Vorticism. This movement, named by Ezra Pound and taking in art and poetry, combined the vitality and dynamism of Italian Futurism with the geometric structure of Cubism. Vorticism was a direct challenge to the perceived quaint and domestic style of the Bloomsbury group and Roger Fry's Omega Workshop.
InternationalOn June 28th 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria is assassinated in Sarajevo leading to Austria's declaration of war against Serbia and triggering the First World War. Germany declared war on Serbia's ally, Russia, and then marched on France via Belgium. Soon all of Europe and most of the world was embroiled in total war.
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