Monsieur Rudolph Stulik

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Monsieur Rudolph Stulik

Monsieur Rudolph Stulik, 1920
Oil on canvas

The Austrian chef Rudolph Stulik was the proprietor of the Hôtel de la Tour Eiffel at 1 Percy Street, London W1. His restaurant became a favourite haunt of Augustus John,Wyndham Lewis, Nancy Cunard and their literary friends. T. E. Hulme's Poet's Club, including the subsequent founders of Imagism, F. S. Flint and Ezra Pound, met there in 1910, and Wyndham Lewis launched the Vorticist magazine Blast there in 1914. Stulik acquired works of art in exchange for free meals. Both Lewis and Roberts produced decorations for the restaurant, and Roberts describes it in his posthumously published memoir 'The "Twenties"' and depicts the Vorticists meeting there in his The Vorticists at the Restaurant de la Tour Eiffel, Spring 1915.

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