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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
15th August 1992 Martha Blackburn, Canada newspaper publisher (London Free Press), dies
15th August 1973 David Storey's Cromwell, premieres in London
15th August 1968 Pirate Radio Free London, begins transmitting
15th August 1928 Born today: Nicolas Roeg, London England, cinematographer/director (Aria, Eureka)
15th August 1875 Composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor was born in London.
Vortex Lewis lived here
Vortex founder painter Lewis lived here.
Location: 61 Palace Gardens Terrace, Kensington
Description: Canadian-born painter and writer Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957) lived here between 1923 and 1926.
This was when he was best known for his linear portraits, and he collaborated with neighbour Ezra Pound after becoming disenchanted with mainstream art in London. With Ezra he founded the first British modernist movement, The Vortex.
They published a fierce critical art magazine called BLAST! It sent shockwaves through the artistic establishment in Bloomsbury, setting off a feud of sorts. He once claimed that Roger Fry and Clive Bell (Bloomsbury Group) were spying on him from the roof here.
He became prolific here I work incessantly, I am never in bed before 2, or often later. he wrote in a letter to T.S. Eliot from this house. Eliot called him the most fascinating personality of our time.