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Osbert Sitwell (December 6, 1892 - May 4, 1969)

Sir Francis Osbert Sacheverell Sitwell, 5th Baronet, was an English writer. His elder sister was Dame Edith Sitwell and his younger brother was Sir Sacheverell Sitwell; like them, he devoted his life to art and literature. Together with his brother, he sponsored a controversial exhibition of works by Matisse, Utrillo, Picasso and Modigliani. The composer William Walton also greatly benefited from his largesse and Walton's cantata Belshazzar's Feast was written to Sitwell's libretto. He published two books of poems: Argonaut and Juggernaut (1919) and At the House of Mrs. Kinfoot (1921). In the mid-1920s, he met David Horner who was his lover and companion for most of his life. Sitwell suffered from Parkinson's disease from the 1950s; by the mid-1960s, this condition had become so severe that he needed to abandon writing. He died on May 4, 1969 in Italy, at Montegufoni, a castle near Florence, which his father had bought derelict in 1909 and restored as his personal residence. The castle was left to his nephew, Reresby; most of his money was left to Horner. Sir Sitwell received many awards in the 1950s and in 1962 completed a postscript to his autobiographies Tales my Father Taught Me.

Timeline & Places:

December 6, 1892: born at 3 Arlington St, St. James's, London SW1A 1RA, Regno Unito

1890s: lived at Renishaw Hall & Gardens, Renishaw Park, Eckington, Chesterfield S21 3WB, Regno Unito

1890s: lived at Woodend, The Crescent, Scarborough YO11 2PW, Regno Unito

1900s: lived at 25 Chesham Pl, Belgravia, London SW1X 8HG, Regno Unito

1900s: attended Wixenford School, Ludgrove, Wokingham RG40 3AB, Regno Unito

1906 to 1909: attended Eton College, Windsor SL4 6DW, Regno Unito

1909 to 1969: lived at Castello di Montegufoni, Via Montegufoni, 18, 50025 Montespertoli FI, Italia

1918: lived at 5 Swan Walk, Chelsea, London SW3 4JJ, Regno Unito

1919 to 1963: lived at 2 Carlyle Square, Chelsea, London SW3 6EX, Regno Unito

1943 to 1969: Weston Hall, 1810 Weston Bank, Stafford ST18 0BA, Regno Unito

May 4, 1969: died. Buried at Cimitero Evangelico agli Allori, Via Senese, 184, 50124 Firenze FI, Italia


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