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Lady Lever prepares to open Augustus John exhibition

The Lady Lever is making final preparations for its latest exhibition which will open to the public next week.

The Last Bohemian: Augustus John will open its doors from May 18 after the Government announced the easing of Covid restrictions as part of its roadmap out of lockdown.

The show will be part of the Port Sunlight gallery's 'welcome back' for visitors who will be able to visit the venue for the first time since the New Year.

John, born in Pembrokeshire in 1878 and who went on to study at the prestigious Slade School of Art, was famous both for his technical drawing skill and his charismatic appearance and alternative viewpoint.

He developed a passion for gypsy lore and language and embraced a travellers’ lifestyle.

The Last Bohemian is being installed at the Lady Lever Art Gallery. Photos by Gareth Jones

In 1901 he arrived in Liverpool to teach at the School of Architecture and Applied Art (part of today’s University of Liverpool).

The exhibition at the Lady Lever explores his time in the city, which greatly influenced his life and career and is where he made his first etchings.

Exhibition curator Alex Patterson says: “It’s the first time that particular focus will be given to John’s connection to Liverpool and will position his life and career in relation to the city’s unique influence and creative atmosphere.”

The Last Bohemian: Augustus John is at the Lady Lever Art Gallery from May 18. Book a free ticket entrance in advance HERE.


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