Augustus John

 

Guilhermina Augusta
Xavier de Medim Suggia Carteado Mena

 

 

 

Augustus John


Augustus John
Welsh painter, etcher and draughtsman Augustus John was born in 1878 in Pembrokeshire.  His love of drawing was passed very early on from his mother, who died when John was six.
Reputed drinker, womanizer and bohemian, this highly talented enfant-terrible enjoyed fame such that it was fashionable at one time for women to claim they had had an illegitimate child from him.  His interest in Gypsies led him to adopt many aspects of their lifestyle, roaming the country in a caravan with his wife, his mistress, and his children by both. 
A WWI artist and an important exponent of British Post-Impressionism, John is most remembered for his portraits of such figures as T. E. Lawrence and G. B. Shaw.

 

Guilhermina Augusta
Xavier de Medim Suggia Carteado Mena

 

http://www.geh.org/link/sn/sugphoto.jpgBorn in Porto, 1885, Portuguese cellist Guilhermina Suggia first started learning the cello at the age of 5 with her father Augusto, a cello teacher.  A child prodigy, Guilhermina quickly became recognized and admired, first by the elite as well as the King and Queen of Portugal, then later by all of Europe as a virtuosa and femme-fatale
She only had three teachers – her father, Julius Klengel in Leipzig, and Pablo Casals, who later became her lover.  This seven-year relationship with one of the century’s greatest musicians was the most influential and determining period of her life.  Suggia was later engaged to the wealthy founder of Country Life magazine, Edward Hudson, who gave her a Stradivarius cello and commissioned the famous portrait by John, which now hangs in Tate Britain.
Barely remembered since her death in 1950, Suggia’s role in history as one of the first female cellists to have an international career cannot be overlooked.