E.M. Forster

1 portrait on display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery

E.M. Forster, by Dora Carrington, 1920 - NPG 4698 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

E.M. Forster

by Dora Carrington
oil on canvas, 1920
20 in. x 16 in. (508 mm x 406 mm)
Given by Frances Catherine Partridge (née Marshall), 1969
Primary Collection
NPG 4698


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  • Dora Carrington (1893-1932), Artist. Artist associated with 10 portraits, Sitter in 17 portraits.

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Carrington's portrait of Forster was achieved without a sitting. It was much admired by Henry Lamb who wrote to her: 'I think there is something so very good about your head of Forster'.

Linked publicationsback to top

  • Audio Guide
  • Bayly, Christopher, The Raj: India and the British 1600-1947, 1990 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 19 October 1990 - 17 March 1991), p. 329
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 225
  • Spalding, Frances, Insights: The Bloomsbury Group, 2005, p. 78
  • Wilson, Jeremy, T.E. Lawrence: Lawrence of Arabia, 1988 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 9 December 1988 - 12 March 1989), p. 153

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Current affairs

The Government of Ireland Act (Fourth Home Rule Bill) partitions Ireland into the Irish Free State with a devolved parliament in Dublin and Northern Ireland with a devolved parliament in Belfast. The Communist Party of Great Britain is founded in London, uniting a number of independent socialist and Marxist parties into a single, united party.

Art and science

Queen Alexandra unveils a monument to Edith Cavell in St Martin's Place opposite the National Portrait Gallery. The English nurse was executed in Germany for helping hundreds of allied soldiers to cross the border from occupied Belgium to the neutral Netherlands. George V officially opens the Imperial War Museum at the Crystal Palace.

International

The Kapp Putsch threatens the newly formed Weimar Republic. In defiance of the Treaty of Versailles, the leaders of the Marinebrigade Ehrhardt refused to disband and marched on Berlin, occupying it on the 13th March. With the general army refusing to defend the city, the government fled to Stuttgart. The rebellion, however, failed after the workers joined a general strike, disabling their plans.

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