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Nina Hamnett
Sir (Francis) Osbert Sacheverell Sitwell, 5th Bt
c. 1918
Oil on canvas

50.5 x 40.6 cm

National Portrait Gallery, UK

Excerpt from National Portrait Gallery, London, UK:

Nina Hamnett was a painter and illustrator. She studied at the Pelham School of Art, the London School of Art and at Marie Wassilieff’s Academy in Paris, where Fernand Leger taught. Hamnett’s unconventionality among the artistic quarters of Montparnasse and Fitzrovia, where she also modelled for many artists, earned her the title "Queen of Bohemia." From 1913 to 1919 Hamnett worked at the Omega Workshops on decorative art. She exhibited widely during World War I and the 1920s in solo and group shows, including those of the London Group, the New English Art Club and the Salon d’Automne.

About the Sitter - Sir (Francis) Osbert Sacheverell Sitwell:
Writer of fiction, biography, travel books and poetry the brother of Edith and Sacheverell is best known for his six volume autobiography, "Left Hand Right Hand!" (1945-62). He and the artist Nina Hamnett were friends, and collaborated on a book of London statues.


Nina Hamnett, British, (1890–1956)
b. February 14, 1890, Tenby, South Wales
d. 1956

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