| Share
 

Augustus Edwin John

John, Augustus Edwin, 1879–1961, British painter and etcher, b. Wales. John studied at the Slade School, London. A leading portrait painter, he had many important sitters, among them Queen Elizabeth (the Queen Mother), Lloyd George, G. B. Shaw, T. E. Lawrence, Sean O'Casey, and Dylan Thomas. His portraits show vigorous characterization without flattery. His celebrated Smiling Woman is a portrait of his wife (1910; Tate Gall., London). John's etchings include several self-portraits as well as portraits of W. B. Yeats, Jacob Epstein, and James Joyce. John's sister Gwen John, 1876–1939, was a student of Whistler and a painter in the Pre-Raphaelite manner.

See his autobiographical Chiaroscuro (1952); memoir by R. John (1975); biographies by J. Rothenstein (1945, repr. 1976) and M. Holroyd (1974, rev. ed. 1996); studies by T. W. Earp (1934) and M. Easton and M. Holroyd (1975); biography of Gwen John by S. Roe (2001).

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

More on Augustus Edwin John from Infoplease:

See more Encyclopedia articles on: European Art, 1600 to the Present: Biographies


Premium Partner Content
HighBeam Research
Documents Images and Maps Reference
(from Newspapers, Magazines, Journals, Newswires, Transcripts and Books)

Research our extensive archive of more than 80 million articles from 6,500 publications.

Additional search results provided by HighBeam Research, LLC. © Copyright 2005. All rights reserved.

24 X 7

Private Tutor

Click Here for Details
24 x 7 Tutor Availability
Unlimited Online Tutoring
1-on-1 Tutoring