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Augustus Edwin JOHN 1878 - 1961

Biography

Augustus Edwin John is best known for his imaginative figure drawings, and was a prolific painter, draughtsman and etcher. Born in Wales, he attended the Slade School of Art in London, and won the Slade Prize for Moses and the Brazen Serpent in 1898. His sister Gwen also became a prominent artist.

Despite his focus on drawings and etchings in his early career, it was his later psychologically involved portraiture that really made him a household name. By the 1920s, John was Britain's leading portrait painter, whose sitters included W.B. Yeats, George Bernard Shaw, Thomas Hardy and Dylan Thomas. This drypoint here accurately sums up John's drawing techniques, which commonly involved close observation combined with a vitality visible in the rough and sketchy edges of this portrait.