Augustus Edwin John (1878-1961)
Just three years later after marrying, John he encountered the enigmatic Dorelia McNeill, whose charm and mystique captivated John...
Augustus John was a prolific draftsman, however his portraits of family members, and in particular those of Dorelia, are by far his most intimate and accomplished.
In 1901 John married Ida Nettleship whom he had met while they were both students at the Slade. Just three years later, however, he encountered the enigmatic Dorelia McNeill, whose charm and mystique captivated John. Never attempting to hide his feelings for Dorelia from Ida, who in turn understood the part Dorelia played in her husband’s life, Ida invited Dorelia to move into the family home. John had five children with Ida and with Dorelia a further four, two being born prior to Ida’s untimely death from puerperal fever in Paris in 1907, the same year this portrait was drawn.
 Lillian Browse, op. cit., p10
 Last of the Great Upbeats, Daily express, 1 Nov 1961