John, Augustus, 1878-1961

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The Welsh artist Augustus John was a successful painter and draftsman, and a well known bohemian figure. He was in great demand as a portraitist, although his works were often controversial. During WWI he was employed by the Canadian government as a war artist in France. John visited the United States as a guest of the Carnegie Institute in 1923. In 1942 King George VI awarded him the Order of Merit for services to art.

From the description of Letters, 1917-ca. 1957. (Getty Research Institute). WorldCat record id: 79598279

Augustus John (1878-1961) was a Welsh artist and portrait painter. He studied at the Slade School in London (1894-1899) and in 1898 won the Slade Prize for his Moses and the Brazen Serpent . In 1914, by then a highly successful artist in Britain, he obtained a commission in the Canadian Army with permission to paint whatever he like on the Western Front. Although he was sent home only two months later for brawling, he attended the Versailles Peace Conference in 1919 and painted several of the delegates. By the 1920s John had become Britain's leading portrait painter whose sitters included Thomas Hardy, George Bernard Shaw, and T.E. Lawrence. Late in his life he wrote his autobiography in two volumes, Chiaroscuro and Finishing Touches .

From the guide to the Augustus John Letters, 1933-1958, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)

Epithet: painter

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000696.0x00002a

Augustus John was a Welsh painter and a leading proponent of the avant-garde in Edwardian England. He excelled at the Slade School of Art, mastering composition and fine drawing in the traditional style; his work soon became more colorful, and his style freer. He lived a flamboyant, bohemian lifestyle, and is probably best remembered for his portraits of contemporary personalities, including George Bernard Shaw, T.E. Lawrence, Thomas Hardy, and Tallulah Bankhead. His sister, Gwen, was also an artist.

From the description of Augustus John letter to Mr. Ellis, 1924 Dec. 4. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 56717766

British painter.

From the description of Autograph letter signed (written in the English version of Romany) : Matching Green, Essex, to Donald Struan Robertson, postmark 1903 Dec. 25. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270491672

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creatorOf John, Augustus, 1878-1961. Letter : London, to "Dear Sir Herbert," undated. Bryn Mawr College, Mariam Coffin Canaday Library
creatorOf Pudney, John, 1909-1977. Papers, 1850-1977 (bulk 1926-1976). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Artwork for T.E. Lawrence's Seven pillars of wisdom, 1921-1923. Houghton Library
creatorOf Augustus John Letters, 1933-1958 Syracuse University. Library. Special Collections Research Center
creatorOf John, Augustus, 1878-1961. Note, [1921?, London], to Isadora Duncan, [London]. [2] p. on 1 l. New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
creatorOf Manning, Hugo. Papers, 1942-1977. Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Artwork for T.E. Lawrence's, Seven pillars of wisdom, 1921-1923. Houghton Library
creatorOf John, Augustus, 1878-1961. James Joyce, Paris : reproductive drawing, 1930. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Dame Edith Sitwell collection of papers, 1926-1965 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
creatorOf CECIL GRAY PAPERS. Vol. XII (ff. 180). G-L. Including letters of Patrick Hadley, the Earl of Harewood, John Ireland, Augustus John, Gerald Kersh, Zoltan Kodaly; 1921-1950, n.d. Partly typewritten. Partly French and Italian.Marjery Gray, formerly Herb..., 1921-1950 British Library
referencedIn Stephen Haweis Papers, 1860-1969 Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Vol. CXXIV. 1934-1945.George Bernard Shaw, author: Notes on a visit to G. B. Shaw by Colonel Ralph H. Isham: 1936: Typewritten.Lord Alfred Bruce Douglas, poet: Alphonse James Albert known as A. J. A. Symons, alias Albert James Alroy; writer: Correspo..., 1934-1945 British Library
creatorOf John, Augustus, 1878-1961. Alick [189-?] University of Michigan
creatorOf STOPES PAPERS. Vol. XCVII (ff. 179). 1. ff. 1-35. Joseph McCabe; 1929-1954. 2. ff. 36-104. Sir James Hopwood Jeans, and his 2nd wife, Susi; 1933-1957. 3. ff. 105-140v. Augustus John; 1945-1956. 4. ff. 141-179. Sir Gerald Kelly; 1952-1956.includes:ff...., 1929-1957 British Library
creatorOf John, Augustus, 1878-1961. Augustus Edwin John : artist file : study photographs and reproductions of works of art with accompanying documentation 1930?-1990 [graphic] [compiled by staff of The Museum of Modern Art, New York]. Frick Art Reference Library of The Frick Collection
referencedIn John, Augustus : Biographical file. Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
referencedIn Symons, Arthur, 1865-1945. Papers, 1893-1973. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Sitwell, Edith, 1887-1964. Autograph letter signed : London, to Jane Clark, "Thursday" [1957]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Vol. XVIII.includes:ff. 1-59 passim Conte Alessandro Contini Bonacossi, of Rome: Correspondence with Lord D'Abernon: 1926.: Partly Fr.ff. 3, 5, 8, 9 Dr Emil Pollak, of Rome: Correspondence with Lord D'Abemon: 1926.: Partly Germ.ff. 4, 7 Commend... British Library
referencedIn John Pudney Papers TXRC95-A1., 1850-1977, (bulk 1926-1976) Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Lovell, Tom, 1909-1997. Tom Lovell papers, circa 1845-1997. National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
referencedIn Ussher, Arland. Arland Ussher correspondence, 1921-1959. Southern Illinois University, Morris Library
referencedIn Thomas J. Dodd Papers, undated, 1919-1971. Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Center.
referencedIn George Bernard Shaw Photographs, c1865-1950 London School of Economics and Political Science
creatorOf John, Augustus, 1878-1961. Autograph letter signed : London, to Manson, 1933 May 18. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Papers, 1923-1969, n.y., n.d. Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf PATRICIA HUTCHINS. Vol. II (ff. 201). Miscellaneous correspondence, mostly relating to Ezra Pound; 1953-1970. Correspondents include T. S. Eliot, F. S. Flint, Augustus John, Oskar Kokoschka, Stephen Spender and William Carlos Williams.Patricia Hutchi..., 1953-1970 British Library
creatorOf Stevenson Scott papers relating to Augustus John Archives of American Art
referencedIn Hugo Manning Papers TXRC91-A13., 1942-1977 Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Iris, Scharmel, 1889-1967. Scharmel Iris papers, 1911-1964. Newberry Library
creatorOf John, Augustus, 1878-1961. Autograph letter signed (written in the English version of Romany) : Matching Green, Essex, to Donald Struan Robertson, postmark 1903 Dec. 25. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Adlow, Dorothy, 1901-1964. Papers, 1923-1969 (inclusive) [microform]. Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf Carrington, Dora de Houghton, 1893-1932. Dora Carrington Collection, 1912-1965. Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Inventory of The Legion Papers: Rare MSS 00149 ., 1927-1935 Cushing Memorial Library,
referencedIn Canaday, John, 1907-1985. Portrait of James Joyce [manuscript], 1947. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Quinn, John, 1870-1924. John Quinn papers, 1901-1926. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf John, Augustus, 1878-1961. Augustus John letter to Mr. Ellis, 1924 Dec. 4. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Earp, Thomas Wade, 1892-. Papers, 1930-1957 Ohio State University Libraries
creatorOf John, Augustus, 1878-1961. [Augustus John] : artist file John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Library, Ringling Museum Library
creatorOf Lewis, Wyndham, 1882-1957. Wyndham Lewis collection, 1877-1975. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Haweis, Stephen. Stephen Haweis papers, 1860-1969. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn John, Augustus Edwin, 1878-1961 : [miscellaneous ephemeral material]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
creatorOf Martin Birnbaum papers Archives of American Art
creatorOf John, Augustus, 1878-1961. Artist file. Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives
creatorOf CHARNWOOD AUTOGRAPHS. Vol. IV. Artistic, dramatic and scientific autogaphs, etc.; circa 16th-20th cent. Included are Sir Christopher Wren, Sir Godfrey Kneller, William Hogarth, Sir Joshua Reynolds, Joseph Wright of Derby, William Blake, David Cox, Si..., approximately 16th century-20th century British Library
creatorOf CHARLOTTE SHAW PAPERS. Vol. X. (ff. 337). Miscellaneous papers relating to T. E. Lawrence. 1. ff. 1-4v. Corrected and annotated proofs of T. E. Lawrence's introduction to the 1924 edition of Richard Garnett, The Twilight of the Gods.2. ff. 5-12. Pros..., 1919-1938 British Library
referencedIn Milton, George-Merritt. The Bloomsburys and supporting cast, a collection of paintings, books and papers, 1882-1979. Florida State University
referencedIn Wyndham Lewis collection, 1877-1975 Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
creatorOf Vol. CXXVII. 1951-1971.Sir Muirhead Bone, artist: Letter to M. Ross: 1951.Daryl Lindsay, director, National Gallery of Victoria: Letter, etc., to M. Ross: 1951: Signed.Lilian C. Dash, friend of Mabel Beardsley: Letters to M. Ross: 1951.Sir Francis Os..., 1951-1971 British Library
creatorOf STRACHEY PAPERS (20TH CENTURY SERIES). Vol. XVIII (ff. 218). 1. ff. 1-3. Augustus John, painter; 1913. 2. ff. 4-37. Dorelia John; 1913?-1931. 3. f. 38. Edwin John; 1916. 4. f. 39. Poppet John; 1931. 5. f. 41. Robin John; 1914. 6. ff. 43-45. Romilly a..., 1902-1962 British Library
referencedIn John, Augustus, 1878-1961. Letters, 1917-ca. 1957. Getty Research Institute
referencedIn Mitchell Kennerley papers, 1917-1940 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf ABERCONWAY LETTERS. Vol. VII (ff. 261+162*). Letters of others; 1919-1961, n.d. The principal correspondents are:-(a) Augustus Edwin John, painter; 1924-1959, n.d. ff. 25-114b;-(b) George Bernard Shaw and his wife, Charlotte Frances; 1925-1930. Par..., 1919-1961 British Library
creatorOf John, Augustus, 1878-1961. Letters, 1917-ca. 1957. Getty Research Institute
creatorOf Vol. CXXIX. n.d.Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree, actor-manager: Robert Baldwin Ross, literary executor of Oscar Wilde: Letters to Robert Baldwin Ross from Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree: 1911-1918, n.d.: Partly typewritten.Sir Max Beerbohm, author and cartoonis... British Library
creatorOf (ff. 228). May 1928-Jan. 1935. Folios 2, 17, 80 and 228 are addressed to G. B. Shaw. Partly typewritten.Thomas Edward Lawrence, afterwards Shaw; called 'Lawrence of Arabia': Correspondence with Mrs G. B. Shaw: 1922-1935.Charlotte Frances Shaw, d 1943... British Library
creatorOf Jacques Maroger papers Archives of American Art
referencedIn The Gordon Bottomley Papers, 1773, 1831-1958, nd British Library: Western Manuscripts
referencedIn Houghton Library printed book provenance file, E-K. Houghton Library
creatorOf SOCIETY OF AUTHORS ARCHIVE. Vol. LXXIII (ff. 240). 1. ff. 1-94. William Jaggard; 1921-1951. 2. ff. 95-111. Jorian E. F. Jenks ('Roger Noakes'); 1944-1957. 3. ff. 112-120. Augustus John; 1944-1947. 4. ff. 121-240. Gwen John ('Gladys Jones'); 1921-1953..., 1921-1957 British Library
creatorOf Grundy, C. Reginald (Cecil Reginald), 1870-1944. Letters received, ca. 1900-1927, by John F. E. Grundy and Cecil Reginald Grundy. Getty Research Institute
creatorOf Original artworks by James Hamilton Hay, 1893-1910 British Library
creatorOf Vol. II, 1919-1929. Partly in the hand of Jelka Delius, and is followed (ff. 104-105b) by a printed preliminary announcement of the programme of the Delius Festival, held in London 12 Oct.-1 Nov. 1929.Frederick Theodore Albert Delius, composer: Lett... British Library
creatorOf G. B. SHAW PAPERS: SERIES I. Vol. XXXII (ff. 208). Correspondence with:1. ff. 1-27v. Frederick Jackson; 1910-1914. Partly copy.2. ff. 28-38. Augustus John; 1915-1944.3. ff. 39-102v. Gertrude Kingston; 1912-1916.4. ff. 103-146v. Correspondence be..., 1909-1949 British Library
referencedIn Holroyd, Michael. Correspondence, with the University of Michigan Library, 1969-1975. University of Michigan
referencedIn Koehler, Florence Cary, 1861-1944. Papers, 1880-1951 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf Partington, Wilfred, b. 1888. Joseph Conrad behind the scenes, 1927. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf JOSETTE JONES CORRESPONDENCE: letters and related material from Augustus Edwin John (b.1878, d.1961), artist, and Sir Sacheverell Sitwell (b.1897, d.1988), poet and writer, to Violet Madeline Josette Jones ('Josette Jones') (b.1894, d.1989), artist, ..., 1914-1985 British Library
referencedIn Dora Carrington Collection TXRC98-A18., 1912-1965 Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Kennerley, Mitchell, 1878-1950. Mitchell Kennerley papers, 1917-1940. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Wood, Francis Derwent, 1871-1926. Personal and family papers, ca. 1896-1953. Getty Research Institute
referencedIn Lawrence, T. E. (Thomas Edward), 1888-1935. Papers of T.E. Lawrence, 1894-2006 (bulk 1911-2000). Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf MS Mus. 1645. Vol. xx. Chamberlain-Lobkowicz.ff. 202. 305 x 230mm.includes:f. 1. Arthur Neville Chamberlain, Prime Minister: Harriet Cohen, CBE; pianist: Note from Arthur Neville Chamberlain to Harriet Cohen: 1938: Typewritten, signed.ff. 2-3. Ha... British Library
creatorOf JOHN, AUGUSTUS. Artist file : miscellaneous uncataloged material. Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
referencedIn John Quinn papers, 1901-1926 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Robinson, Lennox, 1886-1958. Papers, 1940-1958. Emory University, Robert W. Woodruff Library
creatorOf Biography of J. M. Barrie: Sir Charles Blake Cochran’s (b.1872, d.1951) printed copy of The Story of J. M. B.: A Biography (1941) by Denis Mackail, interleaved with mostly autograph letters to Cochran; 17 July 1934-23 May 1945, n.d. The interleaved ... British Library
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referencedIn Oral history interview with Virginia Cuthbert Archives of American Art
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Lake Maggiore, Piedmont and Lombardy
Le Canadel, France
Grez-sur-Loing, Seine-et-Marne
Great Britain
Rheims, Marne
Great Britain
Les Baux, Bouches-du-Rhône
Monte Carlo, Monaco
York, Yorkshire
Naerödalen, Norway
Art, British
Artists' books
Authors, Irish
Portrait painters
Painters, Wales
Painting, Modern
Portrait drawing


Birth 1878-01-04

Death 1961-10-31





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