Percy Wyndham Lewis

English (1882 - 1957)
Percy Wyndham Lewis A Reading of Ovid (Tyros) 1920 - 1921 © The Estate of Percy Wyndham Lewis. All Rights Reserved 2017/ Bridgeman Images


Born 1882
Died 1957
Nationality English

Lewis was born on his father's yacht off the Canadian coast. His father was American, and his mother British. The family moved to England in 1888 and Lewis studied at the Slade School of Art, 1898 - 1901. Painter, poet and polemicist, Lewis founded the Vorticist movement in 1914, a British hybrid of Cubism and Futurism. His work of this date verged on abstraction. The Vorticist movement waned during the war, but Lewis continued to produce provocative images throughout the 1920s. After losing his sight in 1951, Lewis concentrated on writing.

Glossary terms

  • This refers to the use of irony and sarcasm as a means to ridicule the subject’s vices.

  • A radical English art movement of the early 20th century led by Wyndham Lewis. Influenced by the Futurists, they favoured urban, industrial subjects and promoted a hard-edged, angular style.