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Drawn from Life: The extraordinary art and life of Augustus John David Haycock Wednesday 23 January 2019

When Augustus John died in 1961 he was described in The New York Times as ‘the grand old man of British painting and one of the greatest in British history.’ He was only in his mid twenties when, in the early 1900s, he was widely acknowledged as one of the most talented and promising young British artists – a Welsh rival, perhaps, to Gauguin or Picasso. This lecture explores John’s extraordinary life, including his early achievements, his position as one of the most exciting and outrageous young British artists before the Great War, his slow decline after it, and his troubled status as ‘the last Bohemian’.

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Dr David Boyd Haycock is a cultural historian specialising in British art of the early twentieth century. He is the author of A Crisis of Brilliance: Five Young British Artists and the Great War” and has curated the Augustus John exhibition which opens at Poole Museum, Dorset, on 25 May 2018. His book Drawn from Life is published to coincide with the opening of the exhibition.