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Francis Derwent Wood RA, Bust of Augustus John, R.A.

Bust of Augustus John, R.A., 1916

Francis Derwent Wood RA (1871 - 1926)

RA Collection: Art

A notoriously bohemian member of the New English Art Club, Augustus John was astonished by his election to the R.A. in 1928. He said

'I had never sent a picture before the Selection Committee. In our circles it simply wasn't done… In our eyes the R.A. was so bad that no self-respecting artist would be seen dead in it.'

John resigned from the Academy in 1938, when Wyndham Lewis's portrait of T.S. Eliot not selected for the Summer Exhibition. He was reinstated in 1940.

Object details

Bust of Augustus John, R.A.
Object type
Bronze bust on marble base

432 mm x 280 mm

Royal Academy of Arts
Object number
Given by Mrs Derwent Wood 1953
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