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T.S. Eliot (1949)
National Portrait Gallery (NPG 5739)
© The Estate of Mrs G.A. Wyndham Lewis: The Wyndham Lewis Memorial Trust

Lewis and his wife sailed for North America in 1939, just before the outbreak of the Second World War.  For over five years Lewis made a living by teaching and painting commissioned portraits. In 1941, Lewis recognised that his sight was deteriorating. This was caused by a pituitary tumour that would end his artistic career in 1951, when he became completely blind. Lewis’s writing career continued until his death in March 1957.