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AUGUSTUS JOHN KING OF BOHEMIA Jennifer Toynbee-Holmes Wednesday 06 May 2020

A larger than life character, Augustus John was the archetypal bohemian artist. Wild, promiscuous and an early new age traveller he became the top portrait painter of his generation.Whilst still a student at the Slade, Augustus John suffered a severe accident when he hit his head on a rock diving into the sea. This seemed to bring about a radical change of character and he became known for his mood swings, womanizing and artistic talent.An early encounter with Irish tinkers led to a life long fascination with Romany culture and way of life.In 1903 John fell hopelessly in love with Dorothy McNeill, an obsession that was to last sixty years and as he was already married, a ménage à trois was formed.This lecture tells the fascinating story of John’s unusual lifestyle and his loves that made him the artist he was..