FINE ART INVESTMENTS SINCE 1978
Augustus Edwin JOHN
Augustus John, in full Augustus Edwin John, (born January 4, 1878, Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales—died October 31, 1961,
Fordingbridge, Hampshire, England), Welsh painter who was an accomplished portraitist, muralist, and draughtsman.
John studied at the Slade School of Fine Art in London from 1894 to 1898. By age 20 he had won a reputation as one of the most
brilliant draughtsmen in England. His portraits and other paintings done around 1900 gained attention for their vigour and
skillful technique. John was greatly influenced by the work of Old Master painters, especially Peter Paul Rubens, as can be
seen in the strong and sensuous Smiling Woman (c. 1908), a portrait of John’s second wife, Dorelia. John was known as a
colourful personality who adopted an individualistic and bohemian lifestyle. Intrigued by gypsy culture and the Romany
language, he spent periods traveling with gypsy caravans over Wales, Ireland, and Dorset. He based much of his work on these
experiences, such as the painting Encampment on Dartmoor (1906). John was more modern in his approach to landscape
painting, as seen in the bright palette and loose brushwork of paintings such as Llyn Trewereyn (1911–12) and The Little
Railway, Martigues (1928).
Title: "Portrait of a Lady"
Medium: Original Red and Black
Chalk Drawing on Paper
Framed size: 13.5" x 13.5"
Sheet size: 8.38" x 8.88"
Image size: 5.13" x 5.13"