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Edith Sitwell

Painting of Dame Edith Sitwell

Painting of Dame Edith Sitwell

Dame Edith Louisa Sitwell DBE

Born on the 7th of September 1887 – Died on the 9th of December 1964

Edith L Sitwell was a British poet and critic and the eldest of the three literary Sitwell family.

Dame E L Sitwell published poetry continuously from 1913, some of it abstract and set to music. With her dramatic style and exotic costumes, sometimes she was labelled a poseur, but consistently, her work was praised for its solid technique and painstaking craftsmanship.

Woodend Scarborough

Woodend Scarborough

Edith was born in Scarborough in the North Riding of Yorkshire at Woodend. This building was the Woodend Museum but now is the Woodend Gallery and Workshops. She was the oldest child and only daughter of Sir George Sitwell, 4th Baronet, of Renishaw Hall. George Sitwell was an expert on genealogy and landscaping.

Her mother was the former Lady Ida Emily Augusta Denison, a daughter of the Earl of Londesborough and a granddaughter of Henry Somerset, 7th Duke of Beaufort.

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