Edward Howard Marsh was a career civil servant from a wealthy background, who used much of his inherited wealth to support the arts, most specifically poetry and painting. In his own career, he was deputed to Winston Churchill when Churchill was in government, although technically remained at the Colonial Office until his retirement, when he was knighted. He edited five collections of Georgian poetry, and helped launch the poetic careers of Brooke, Lawrence, Graves and many others. In his discreet private life, he was homosexual, and for while he lived with the painter Gertler. There is a clear account of his life here.
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