Sir Alfred Edward East
1 of 19 portraits of Sir Alfred Edward East
- Extended Catalogue Entry
© E.H. Glaisyer / National Portrait Gallery, London
Sir Alfred Edward East
by Sir Frank Brangwyn
oil on canvas, circa 1900
40 1/4 in. x 50 1/2 in. (1022 mm x 1283 mm)
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Artistback to top
- Sir Frank Brangwyn (1867-1956), Painter. Artist of 1 portrait, Sitter in 22 portraits.
This portraitback to top
This portrait resulted from East's close friendship with Frank Brangwyn. A champion of his work, East purchased Brangwyn's painting 'The Cider Press' in 1902 and they travelled together to Cornwall, Sicily and Spain. Brangwyn used his characteristically colourful and bold decorative style to evoke East's heightened sensitivity to nature and the proud manliness that informed his thinking. Believed to have been painted in the garden of East's house in St Ives in the early 1900s, Brangwyn alludes to East's own paintings of rural celebrations by the inclusion of sketchy carnival figures in the distance.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 192
Placesback to top
- Place made and portrayed: United Kingdom: England, Cornwall (garden, probably sitter's home, St Ives, Cornwall)
Events of 1900back to top
Current affairsThe Conservatives return to power, after the Prime Minister Lord Salisbury calls a general election, known as the 'Khaki election', on the back of huge jingoistic support for the Boer War.
The Labour Representation Committee (LRC) is founded from a coalition of socialist groups; they win two seats in the 1900 election and Ramsay Macdonald is appointed secretary. The Labour politician Keir Hardie is also returned to Parliament for Merthyr Tydfilin Wales.
Art and scienceGerman physicist Max Planck proposes the concept of the quantum theory. Sigmund Freud's The Interpretation of Dreams is published. In the text, Freud outlines his theory of dream analysis, crucial to the study of the unconscious, and introduces key concepts in psychoanalysis, such as the Ego.
The Paris International Exhibition, attended by more than 50 million people and including over 76,000 exhibitors, marks the heyday of Art Nouveau.