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West Dean College Visual Arts Research Project: Dame Edith Sitwell, (1887-1964), and the West Dean Portrait and Letters

Posted on 25th October 2016

The first time I entered the Old Music Room at West Dean College, the portrait of the poet, Dame Edith Sitwell, also known as Sibyl, (1936-7), painted by Pavel Tchelitchew, struck me immediately, not least because her larger than life figure loomed ominously out of the darkness, but because she was instantly recognisable from her distinctive elegant hands and long Plantagenet nose.

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