Francis Derwent Wood, R.A. 1871 - 1926
Bust of Augustus John, R.A.
Photo: R.A./Paul Highnam
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Bust of Augustus John, R.A., 1916
Bronze bust on marble base, 432 X 280 mm
Given by Mrs Derwent Wood, 1953
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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.

This work is currently on display in the General Assembly Room at the Royal Academy of Arts and can be viewed by attending one of the free tours of the John Madejski Fine Rooms. Click here for further information about the tours