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  • Format: Libretto
  • Author: William Douglas-Home
  • Hardback/Paperback: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 96
  • Cat Number: 1849432104
  • Barcode: 9781849432108
  • Release Date: 28 February 2012

Augustus John's ability as portrait artist won him the admiration of fellow artists public recognition and the Order of Merit.

William Douglas-Home's play presents various points in the Bohemian artist's turbulent life from 1944 to 1961 through a reconstruction of sittings with three of his subjects (all played by the same actor) General Bernard Montgomery fellow artist Mathew Smith and designer Cecil Beaton. This keenly observed sensitive play is finely interwoven with the thread of John's gradually developing pacifism from his certainty in spring 1944 that Monty's young ADC will not survive the second front to war's devastating effect on Matthew Smith to John's vibrant fear of the nuclear nightmare and his own approaching death. The first production of this play in 24 years this production also commemorates the 50th anniversary of the death of artist Augustus John.

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