Welsh, 1878-1961. Agustus John was an exceptional portraitist and draughtsman with attention to skill and detail inspired by Old Master artists like Rembrandt. John moved away from the dark and intense style of the Old Masters and adapted a style with looser brushstrokes and more lively colors. He also developed a technique of oil sketching. Though he preferred to travel with the gypsy caravans throughout Wales and Ireland, his work garnered acclaim in London from luminaries such as George Bernard Shaw and Winston Churchill who commissioned him to produce their portraits. During World War II, he banded together with fellow artists to sponsor the Freedom Defence Committee and received the Order of Merit.