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School of Art
Aberystwyth University
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SY23 1NG

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Display artist/maker:

Augustus Edwin John

Born: 1878, UK, Wales, Tenby   Died: 1961, Fordingbridge

Painter and printmaker. Brother of the painter Gwen John (1876-1939). He studied at the Slade School of Art, 1894-98. Whilst still a student his personality dramatically changed, probably as a result of a head injury sustained in a diving accident in 1897. He later taught at Liverpool School of Art, 1901-04, and was a co-founder of Chelsea Art School. A bohemian figure, he was fascinated by Romany language and culture and adopted a nomadic lifestyle between 1911 and 1914. He was appointed an Official War Artist during the First World War. He worked mainly as a society portraitist but also painted small landscapes and figure compositions, the latter often depicting gypsies and family members. He wrote two autobiographical volumes - 'Chiaroscuro', 1952, and 'Finishing Touches', published posthumously in 1964

Objects in the collections associated with this artist/maker

A Girl's Head - B PR1703 Prints

Benjamin Evans PR1709 Prints

Charles McEvoy PR1708 Prints

Dartmoor Ponies PR1557 Prints

Fruit Sellers - C PR1700 Prints