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The sitter, Edith Sitwell (1887-1964) was the daughter of Sir George Sitwell, 4th Baronet, and sister of Sir Osbert and Sachaverell Sitwell. She was a poet and at the time of this portrait she was editor of 'Wheels', an annual anthology of new poetry published between 1916 and 1921. Edith Sitwell is seated on an Omega Workshops dining chair, a modern piece of furniture designed by the painter and art critic Roger Fry, who ran his decorative arts venture, the Omega Workshops, from 33 Fitzroy Square, London, in the heart of Bloomsbury. Both Edith Sitwell and Alvaro Guevara patronised the Omega Workshops.

August 2004