John Arbuthnot Fisher, 1st Baron Fisher

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John Arbuthnot Fisher, 1st Baron Fisher, by Sir Hubert von Herkomer, 1911 - NPG 2805 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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John Arbuthnot Fisher, 1st Baron Fisher

by Sir Hubert von Herkomer
oil on canvas, 1911
68 in. x 47 in. (1727 mm x 1194 mm)
Given by the sitter's son, through the Art Fund, Cecil Vavasseur Fisher, 2nd Baron Fisher, 1936
Primary Collection
NPG 2805


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  • Sir Hubert von Herkomer (1849-1914), Painter and illustrator. Artist associated with 47 portraits, Sitter in 11 portraits.

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Fisher was an efficient administrator whose reforming influence was felt throughout the navy. This portrait, in which he wears the uniform of the Admiral of the Fleet, was painted just after his retirement as First Sea Lord in 1910. Fisher returned to office on the outbreak of war in 1914. He strongly disapproved of the Gallipoli campaign and resigned over the increasing demand for ships in the Dardanelles. Given by the sitter's son, Lord Fisher, 1936.

Related worksback to top

  • NPG D36934: John Arbuthnot Fisher, 1st Baron Fisher (source portrait)

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Current affairs

Asquith's Liberal government introduces the Parliament Act to curb the powers of the House of Lords following the clash between the Commons and Lords over the 1909 People's Budget. The Act removed the Lords' power to veto bills, reduced the length of Parliament from seven to five years, and provided for the payment of MPs.

Art and science

Ernest Rutherford discovers the structure of the atom. The New Zealand born physicist working in Manchester showed with his Nuclear Model that electrons orbited a nucleus composed of protons and neutrons. The discovery paved the way for nuclear physics.

International

The Polish Chemist, Marie Curie, becomes the first woman to win the Nobel Prize for her discovery in 1898 of the radioactive element, Radon. The Mona Lisa is stolen from the Louvre. The masterpiece was missing for two years, during which time suspicion fell on avant-garde poet Guillaume Apollinaire and his friend Pablo Picasso, before Vincenzo Peruggia, an employee of the Louvre, was arrested in Florence.

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