1 of 5 portraits of Ezra Pound
© 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
14 1/4 in. x 10 5/8 in. (361 mm x 270 mm)
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Artistback to top
- (Percy) Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957), Painter and novelist. Artist associated with 39 portraits, Sitter in 18 portraits.
This portraitback to top
In the iconography of images of Pound, including several other portraits by Lewis, this is arguably one of the finest. This drawing was made the year Pound left London for Paris. The image manifests Pound's relationship with Wyndham Lewis and their joint activities in relation to Blast, the iconoclastic mouthpiece for Vorticism, to which he contributed both poems and articles. It is a bold exemplar of the Vorticist ethos of dynamism - the lines investing the likeness with a sense of energy, movement and life. Pound had coined the term to describe the British form of European Futurism.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Edwards, Paul, Wyndham Lewis Portraits, 2008 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 3 July to 19 October 2008), p. 56
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Life lines: Recently acquired 20th Century drawings (31 October 2009 - 25 April 2010)
- Wyndham Lewis Portraits (3 July 2008 - 19 October 2008)
- Portraits on paper (29 July 2006 - 3 December 2006)
Events of 1920back to top
Current affairsThe Government of Ireland Act (Fourth Home Rule Bill) partitions Ireland into the Irish Free State with a devolved parliament in Dublin and Northern Ireland with a devolved parliament in Belfast.
The Communist Party of Great Britain is founded in London, uniting a number of independent socialist and Marxist parties into a single, united party.
Art and scienceQueen Alexandra unveils a monument to Edith Cavell in St Martin's Place opposite the National Portrait Gallery. The English nurse was executed in Germany for helping hundreds of allied soldiers to cross the border from occupied Belgium to the neutral Netherlands.
George V officially opens the Imperial War Museum at the Crystal Palace.
InternationalThe Kapp Putsch threatens the newly formed Weimar Republic. In defiance of the Treaty of Versailles, the leaders of the Marinebrigade Ehrhardt refused to disband and marched on Berlin, occupying it on the 13th March. With the general army refusing to defend the city, the government fled to Stuttgart. The rebellion, however, failed after the workers joined a general strike, disabling their plans.
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