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John, Augustus

Born:
1879
Died:
1961
Forenames:
Augustus
Surname:
John

Artist. FH called him a "master draughtsman" but thought his work somehow unsatisfactory. FH blamed John's "extraordinary physical advantages" - his "fine presence and handsome face" which led "women and girls by the dozen" to make up to him so he "has spent himself in living instead of doing his work".

The most significant episode involving John and FH occurred when FH invited John to stay with him in Nice in 1910. Both Nellie Harris and John himself wrote differing accounts of what happened. What seems clear is that FH was writing his life of Wilde at the time and bored John with going on about it, so much so that John fled without notice.

Sources:
PP