1 of 5 portraits of Elinor Glyn
© estate of Arnold Mason / National Portrait Gallery, London
by Arnold Mason
oil on canvas, 1942
25 in. x 30 in. (635 mm x 762 mm)
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The younger sister of Lady Duff Gordon, the couturier, Elinor Glyn (née Sutherland) was a novelist, screenplay writer and film director. Her first novel, The Visits of Elizabeth (1900), launched her career as a romantic novelist, but she is best known for Three Weeks (1907), through which she achieved fame and notoriety. Married to Clayton Louis Glyn, she had affairs with Lord Curzon and Lord Milner, but her love was unrequited.
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- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 250
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Current affairsThe Oxford Committee for Famine Relief is founded in Oxford with the aim of sending food through the Allied blockade of Nazi-Occupied Greece. The organisation continued after the war to relieve suffering as a result of the war in Europe, and eventually to help distressed peoples internationally. It gradually became known as Oxfam, after its telegraph address, and is now one of the largest international development and aid agencies.
Art and scienceDesert Island Discs is broadcast for the first time. Each week a famous guest is invited to select which eight pieces of music they would choose to take if they were castaway on an island. The show is still going and is the longest running music programme on radio.
Enid Blyton publishes her first Famous Five children's book: Five On A Treasure Island.
InternationalThe Allied forces sign the 'Declaration by United Nations', pledging the signatories to fight together until the end of the war and establishing an international organisation with the aim of upholding world peace and security with Sir Gladwyn Jebb as the first Secretary General.
In Berlin, senior Nazis plan the 'Final Solution' to exterminate European Jews, and start building death camps to carry it out.