Posts Tagged: Augustus John

17-plus books for 2017

Dead poets, nude dancers, good bohemians, mystical Symbolists, jaded aristocrats, queer courtiers and blind men at play in a realm of dreams and voodoo

17-plus books for 2017

Dead poets, nude dancers, good bohemians, mystical Symbolists, jaded aristocrats, queer courtiers and blind men at play in a realm of dreams and voodoo

Befuddled oracle

A “presence rather than a human being”: Princess Violette Murat

Befuddled oracle

A “presence rather than a human being”: Princess Violette Murat

Dress-down Friday: Dorelia McNeill

“Dorelia and Augustus were seen as representing the principle of living through your ideas, not merely conveying them to canvas or on paper.”

Dress-down Friday: Dorelia McNeill

“Dorelia and Augustus were seen as representing the principle of living through your ideas, not merely conveying them to canvas or on paper.”

Lady Ottoline Morrell | photographic portraits

Her photographs, pasted into albums and never intended for a wide audience, nonetheless bear eloquent witness to a life lived in fine company

Lady Ottoline Morrell | photographic portraits

Her photographs, pasted into albums and never intended for a wide audience, nonetheless bear eloquent witness to a life lived in fine company

Circles: Evan Morgan

It is precisely the improbable contradictions Evan Morgan embodied in his life, the unlikely meeting of the most disparate worlds, which makes this writer/occultist/aristocrat/papal bigwig so interesting.

Circles: Evan Morgan

It is precisely the improbable contradictions Evan Morgan embodied in his life, the unlikely meeting of the most disparate worlds, which makes this writer/occultist/aristocrat/papal bigwig so interesting.

To the very dregs

Peter Warlock’s enthusiasms were as tempestuous as his disdain, and the flip side of his antsy vitality was the crippling despair to which he would periodically succumb. He conducted vituperative public feuds, writing obscene limericks about his enemies which he at one stage anthologised on a toilet roll.

To the very dregs

Peter Warlock’s enthusiasms were as tempestuous as his disdain, and the flip side of his antsy vitality was the crippling despair to which he would periodically succumb. He conducted vituperative public feuds, writing obscene limericks about his enemies which he at one stage anthologised on a toilet roll.

Hardy survivor

English actress Norrie Woodhall died just a few days ago, at the age of 105. She knew Augustus John; noteworthy, but she is certainly not the last witness to his life. But…Norrie once performed in a production of Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles – under the direction of Thomas Hardy.

Hardy survivor

English actress Norrie Woodhall died just a few days ago, at the age of 105. She knew Augustus John; noteworthy, but she is certainly not the last witness to his life. But…Norrie once performed in a production of Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles – under the direction of Thomas Hardy.

Bohemian twilight

This newsreel footage dating from 1944 shows Augustus John at Fordingbridge, pottering around the garden, reading to a young boy and working with a model in his studio (and what a studio! A gorgeous, light, clean-lined Modernist construction on John’s estate).

Bohemian twilight

This newsreel footage dating from 1944 shows Augustus John at Fordingbridge, pottering around the garden, reading to a young boy and working with a model in his studio (and what a studio! A gorgeous, light, clean-lined Modernist construction on John’s estate).

The double life of Evan Morgan

He was an occultist, yet chamberlain to two popes; gay, yet husband to two women. He was a friend to Augustus John, john to Denham Fouts, bogey-man to the Establishment. He mixed with royalty and rabble, and there was a Jekyll-and-Hyde polarity within his own personality.

The double life of Evan Morgan

He was an occultist, yet chamberlain to two popes; gay, yet husband to two women. He was a friend to Augustus John, john to Denham Fouts, bogey-man to the Establishment. He mixed with royalty and rabble, and there was a Jekyll-and-Hyde polarity within his own personality.

Strange Flowers guide to London: part 3

The choice of blue plaque honourees is leadenly conservative and sometimes bafflingly perverse, celebrating lesser colonial administrators known only to their mothers. Or it may be that current residents would rather not have their homes associated with drunks, deviants and diabolists.

Strange Flowers guide to London: part 3

The choice of blue plaque honourees is leadenly conservative and sometimes bafflingly perverse, celebrating lesser colonial administrators known only to their mothers. Or it may be that current residents would rather not have their homes associated with drunks, deviants and diabolists.

Strange Flowers guide to London: part 2

Fitzrovia was a stone’s throw from Bloomsbury but a world away in temperament. According to the Times Literary Supplement, Fitzrovia was “a world of outsiders, down-and-outs, drunks, sensualists, homosexuals and eccentrics”. In short, the spiritual home of Strange Flowers.

Strange Flowers guide to London: part 2

Fitzrovia was a stone’s throw from Bloomsbury but a world away in temperament. According to the Times Literary Supplement, Fitzrovia was “a world of outsiders, down-and-outs, drunks, sensualists, homosexuals and eccentrics”. In short, the spiritual home of Strange Flowers.

Casati continues to captivate…

Marchesa Casati/Is a living doll/Pinned on my Frisco/Skid row wall

Casati continues to captivate…

Marchesa Casati/Is a living doll/Pinned on my Frisco/Skid row wall

A Casati family tree

Casati claimed to be her own work of art, but it was a work with its own set of influences. Her crepuscular glamour, for instance, owed much to Elisabeth of Austria and her cousin Ludwig II and she vied with Montesquiou as the Countess de Castiglione’s posthumous BFF.

A Casati family tree

Casati claimed to be her own work of art, but it was a work with its own set of influences. Her crepuscular glamour, for instance, owed much to Elisabeth of Austria and her cousin Ludwig II and she vied with Montesquiou as the Countess de Castiglione’s posthumous BFF.

Concerning the Eccentricities of Ronald Firbank

Firbank, it seems, was born blushing; his associates never fail to mention his social awkwardness, particularly the incessant fluttering of hands and the hysterical laughter which would periodically erupt, leaving him incapable of completing an anecdote.

Concerning the Eccentricities of Ronald Firbank

Firbank, it seems, was born blushing; his associates never fail to mention his social awkwardness, particularly the incessant fluttering of hands and the hysterical laughter which would periodically erupt, leaving him incapable of completing an anecdote.

British Bohème

Even if he didn’t dictate the course of art in his time, John’s pre-eminence as the first and greatest of the British Bohemians is beyond dispute…if today his efforts are under-appreciated it’s because his social innovations have been so entirely assimilated.

British Bohème

Even if he didn’t dictate the course of art in his time, John’s pre-eminence as the first and greatest of the British Bohemians is beyond dispute…if today his efforts are under-appreciated it’s because his social innovations have been so entirely assimilated.