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Wyndham Lewis Portraits - National Portrait Gallery

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

AN EXHIBITION of works by acclaimed painter and writer, Percy Wyndham Lewis, will be on display at the National Portrait Gallery from July 3 to October 19, 2008.

Wyndham Lewis is widely regarded as one of British Modernism’s most controversial and influential figures. Founder of the groundbreaking Vorticist movement in 1914, he was also a prolific portrait painter and this exhibition brings together oil paintings, drawings and works on paper, from 1910 to 1950.

The works capture key figures from Lewis’s life and represent a unique record of some of the greatest literary and artistic creators of the first half of the twentieth century.

The exhibition also provides an insight into Lewis’s personal life and features several portraits of friends and lovers captured during intimate moments, including Iris Barry and his wife ‘Froanna’.

Portraits of T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound and James Joyce, the other ‘Men of 1914’, are brought together for the first time. These include Lewis’s most famous portrait of Eliot, which was painted in 1938. Also on display are other leading figures from the 1920s and 1930s art and literary scene, such as Edith Sitwell, Rebecca West, Virginia Woolf and Stephen Spender.

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