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Edith Sitwell (1887 - 1964)

Born into an eccentric and unloving family, Edith Sitwell began publishing poetry in 1913 – her first poem The Drowned Suns edited in the Daily Mirror before compiling a poetic anthology with her brothers, Wheels between 1916 and 1921. inspired by French symbolists, Edith Sitwell imagined greatly technical work that reflected the wounds from her childhood and explored the duality of poetry and music in conceptual-like performances. Having never married, although she was passionately in love with the homosexual Russian painter Pavel Tchelitchew, her London home was always widely open to artistic circles. The poems such as Street Songs, in 1942 and The Shadow of Cain, in 1947 she wrote during the war brought her back before the public. A innovator in conservative Great Britain, Edith Sitwell provoked many critics because of her dramatic work but also because of her unusual appearance. The author who resembled Queen Elizabeth I dressed in exotic costumes, brocade and velvet gowns, adorned with gold turbans and huge colourful rings that reflected what she claimed: 'good taste is the worst vice ever invented.'

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Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Edith Sitwell,1962
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Edith Sitwell,1962
Horst P. Horst, Portrait of Edith Sitwell,1948
Horst P. Horst, Portrait of Edith Sitwell,1948
Portrait of Edith Sitwell,1927
Portrait of Edith Sitwell,1927
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Edith Sitwell,1930's
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Edith Sitwell,1930's
Norman Parkinson, Portrait of Edith Sitwell,1939
Norman Parkinson, Portrait of Edith Sitwell,1939
Terry Fincher, Portrait of Edith Sitwell,1952
Terry Fincher, Portrait of Edith Sitwell,1952
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Edith Sitwell,1960's
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Edith Sitwell,1960's
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Edith Sitwell and his brothers, 1930's
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Edith Sitwell and his brothers, 1930's
 Bill Grant, Portrait of Edith Sitwell and his brothers, 1945
Bill Grant, Portrait of Edith Sitwell and his brothers, 1945
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Edith Sitwell,1927
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Edith Sitwell,1927
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Edith Sitwell,1928
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Edith Sitwell,1928
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Edith Sitwell,1962
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Edith Sitwell,1962
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Edith Sitwell,1960's
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Edith Sitwell,1960's
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Edith Sitwell,1960's
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Edith Sitwell,1960's
John Singer Sargent,  The Sitwell familly, 1900's
John Singer Sargent, The Sitwell familly, 1900's
George Platt Lynes, Portrait of Edith Sitwell, 1937
George Platt Lynes, Portrait of Edith Sitwell, 1937
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Edith Sitwell,1927
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Edith Sitwell,1927
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Edith Sitwell,1930
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Edith Sitwell,1930
Terry Fincher, Portrait of Edith Sitwell,1952
Terry Fincher, Portrait of Edith Sitwell,1952
Jane Bown, Portrait of Edith Sitwell,1959
Jane Bown, Portrait of Edith Sitwell,1959
Pavel Tchelitchew, Portrait of Edith Sitwell, 1937
Pavel Tchelitchew, Portrait of Edith Sitwell, 1937
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Edith Sitwell, 1920's
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Edith Sitwell, 1920's
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Edith Sitwell,1962
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Edith Sitwell,1962
Pavel Tchelitchew, Portrait of Edith Sitwell, 1928
Pavel Tchelitchew, Portrait of Edith Sitwell, 1928
Horst P. Horst, Portrait of Edith Sitwell,1948
Horst P. Horst, Portrait of Edith Sitwell,1948
George Silk, Portrait of Edith Sitwell in Hollywood, April 1953
George Silk, Portrait of Edith Sitwell in Hollywood, April 1953
George Silk, Portrait of Edith Sitwell and Marilyn Monroe in Hollywood, 1953
George Silk, Portrait of Edith Sitwell and Marilyn Monroe in Hollywood, 1953
Wyndham Lewis, Portrait of Edith Sitwell,1923-35, oil on canvas, 864 x 1118 mm, Tate Collection, London
Wyndham Lewis, Portrait of Edith Sitwell,1923-35, oil on canvas, 864 x 1118 mm, Tate Collection, London
Roger Fry, Portrait of Edith Sitwell,1918, oil on canvas, 61x 46
Roger Fry, Portrait of Edith Sitwell,1918, oil on canvas, 61x 46
Alvaro Guevara, Portrait of Dame Edith Sitwell, 1919,oil on canvas, 1962 x 1360 mm, Tate Collection, London
Alvaro Guevara, Portrait of Dame Edith Sitwell, 1919,oil on canvas, 1962 x 1360 mm, Tate Collection, London
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Edith Sitwell,1930's
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Edith Sitwell,1930's
Sanford H. Roth, Portrait of Dame Edith Sitwell, 1953
Sanford H. Roth, Portrait of Dame Edith Sitwell, 1953
Howard Coster, Portrait of Dame Edith Sitwell, 1937
Howard Coster, Portrait of Dame Edith Sitwell, 1937
Edith Sitwell at the BBC, 1959
Edith Sitwell at the BBC, 1959
Edith Sitwell
Edith Sitwell
Horst P. Horst, Portrait of Edith Sitwell,1948
Horst P. Horst, Portrait of Edith Sitwell,1948
Roger Eliot Fry, Portrait of Edith Sitwell, 1920's, oil on canvas
Roger Eliot Fry, Portrait of Edith Sitwell, 1920's, oil on canvas
Pavel Tchelitchew, Portrait of Edith Sitwell, 1935
Pavel Tchelitchew, Portrait of Edith Sitwell, 1935
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Dame Edith Sitwell,1962
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Dame Edith Sitwell,1962
Edith Sitwell with a bust and a portrait of herself, 1931
Edith Sitwell with a bust and a portrait of herself, 1931
Cecil Beaton, Edith, Sacheverell and Osbert Sitwell for Vanity Fair, 1931
Cecil Beaton, Edith, Sacheverell and Osbert Sitwell for Vanity Fair, 1931
Philippe Halsman, Portrait of Edith Sitwell, 1937
Philippe Halsman, Portrait of Edith Sitwell, 1937
Wyndham Lewis, Portrait of Edith Sitwell,1921, pencil on paper, 387 x 286 mm, National Portrait Gallery, London
Wyndham Lewis, Portrait of Edith Sitwell,1921, pencil on paper, 387 x 286 mm, National Portrait Gallery, London
George Platt Lynes, Portrait of Edith Sitwell as Lady Macbeth, 1950
George Platt Lynes, Portrait of Edith Sitwell as Lady Macbeth, 1950
Edith and Osbert Sitwell, 1030's
Edith and Osbert Sitwell, 1030's
Edith, Sacheverell and Osbert Sitwell, 1930's
Edith, Sacheverell and Osbert Sitwell, 1930's
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