National Portrait Gallery celebrates Augustus John

The National Portrait Gallery in London will mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Tenby-born Augustus John with a new display of portraits of the artist.

The display of portraits are drawn from gallery's collection and includes photographs by Alvin Coburn, Howard Coster, Bill Brandt, Yousuf Karsh, Norman Parkinson, Ida Kar and Cecil Beaton.

The display spans his life from youth to old age and charts his early career, relationships, his fascination with Romany culture and his success and reputation as an artist. It also includes images of pivotal figures from his life including Dorelia McNeill, Lady Ottoline Morrell and Talitha Pol.

Augustus John, 1937 by Howard Coster. Image courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery, London

Augustus John, 1902 George Charles Beresford. Image courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery, London

Augustus John: A Life in Portraits complements portraits by and of the artist currently on display in the gallery. It runs until 18 March 2012.

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