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Peter Bazalgette

Chooses Wyndham Lewis's portrait of Edith Sitwell

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Chair of Arts Council England
Former television producer responsible for hit shows such as Big Brother, Ground Force and Changing Rooms. In Sept 2012 appointed Chair of Arts Council England.

Portrait of Edith Sitwell by Wyndham Lewis

Sir Peter Bazalgette chooses a portrait of the eccentric poet Edith Sitwell by the Vorticist painter and writer Wyndham Lewis. Presented by John Wilson.

From the Archive

The Painter's Weakness

Booker prize winning novelist A. S. Byatt talks to Mark Lawson about Wyndham Lewis and his struggle to paint hands.

Originally broadcast in Front Row on 2 February 2008 on BBC Radio 4

Edith Sitwell

Edith Sitwell talks about writing poetry in 1948 on the BBC. 

Edith Sitwell's Relationships

Lady Penelope Sitwell, Edith's niece, and biographer Richard Greene talk to Jenni Murray about Sitwell's relationships with her mother and a Russian artist.

Originall broadcast on Woman's Hour 23 February 2011 on BBC Radio 4

Dylan Thomas reads Sitwell

An extract from a 1948 BBC archive recording of Dylan Thomas reading Sitwell's poem An Old Woman