1918 portrait of Sitwell by Roger Fry
British curator, art historian, painter, university teacher, drawer, art critic
Dame Edith Louisa Sitwell (1877-1964) was unusual in appearance, standing six feet tall. She dressed in an eccentric manner with gowns of brocade or velvet, gold turbans, and many rings. That and her verse provoked critics. One was F. R. Leavis. She described Leavis as a “a tiresome, whining, pettyfogging little pipsqueak”.
In August 1955 she became a Catholic and asked Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966) to be her godfather.