28. Augustus John was one of the most eminent British artists of his day. What relative was a fellow artist, whose reputation he announced, would eclipse his own?
From Quiz Wales is a Beautiful Country
Answer: His sister, Gwen
Augustus John, born in Tenby in 1878, was a prominent portraitist who produced vivid depictions of the likes of T.E. Lawrence, Dylan Thomas and W. B. Yeats. He was appointed to the Order of Merit in 1942.
His elder sister, Gwen, born in 1876 in Haverfordwest, was also an artist. Her work was more low key, usually with unknown female subjects. She had nothing like her brother's success and fame. She was a model and lover of Rodin, who called her 'God's little Artist'. Augustus recognised her talent, saying: 'In 50 years' time I will be known as the brother of Gwen John.' He was probably harsh on himself, but critical opinion has certainly moved in that direction.
Augustus John's other relatives that were mentioned were as follows.
His daughter, from his second marriage, Vivien, was also an artist. She emerged from the shadow of her father and aunt to make a fine career.
His first wife, Ida Nettleship, was another artist, who died of puerpal fever in 1907.
Augustus and Ida's son, Sir Caspar John, had a different career - he was the British First Sea Lord in the 1960s.