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Portraits of English and American Authors

Oil on canvas.

Feliks Topolski
English playwrights John Osborne (left),
John Whiting (central), and Arnold Wesker (right)
Oil on canvas
38 x 50” (96.5 x 127 cm)
© Trustees of the Feliks Toposlki Estate

Don Bachardy
This California portraitist's subjects include Tennessee Williams, William Goyen, W. H. Auden, E. M. Forster, and Lillian Hellman.

Philip Core
A Texas-born artist who studied and worked in England, his work includes paintings of Nancy Cunard and John Betjeman.

Peter Evershed
While living in New York in the 1950s, this British artist met and painted a variety of artists from the literary, jazz, and show-business worlds, including Dylan Thomas, W. H. Auden, Frieda Lawrence, and Dorothy Brett.

Desmond Harmsworth
Drawings and paintings by this British artist and publisher include portraits of James Joyce, Osbert Sitwell, Stuart Gilbert, Sylvia Beach, and Havelock Ellis.

Augustus John
Drawings by this prominent English portrait artist include images of Lady Ottoline Morrell, T. E. Lawrence, Nancy Cunard, Aleister Crowley, James Joyce, Ronald Firbank, William Lewis, and W. B. Yeats.

Wyndham Lewis
This collection includes portraits of G. K. Chesterton, T. S. Eliot, James Joyce, Ezra Pound, J. B. Priestley, and a self-portrait by this English novelist, critic, and experimental artist who founded Vorticism.

Emanuel Romano
The descendant of a long line of eminent sculptors and painters, this Italian artist made a series of portraits of such authors as Marianne Moore, William Carlos Williams, T. S. Eliot, and Carson McCullers.

William Rothenstein
Over 20 drawings and prints spanning over 30 years of work by this English painter and draftsman include drawings of the poet W. B. Yeats and images of playwright George Bernard Shaw.

Pavel Tchelitchew
This collection includes paintings and drawings by this Russian-born American painter, most prominently a portrait of his close friend Edith Sitwell.

Feliks Topolski
This Polish-born artist's series of paintings of the 20 most important living British authors at the time was commissioned by The University of Texas at Austin in 1961 and includes such notables as Edith Sitwell, Bertrand Russell, Evelyn Waugh, and John Osborne. In addition, the collection holds over 100 drawings made for George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion and Geneva.


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