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Sidney James Webb, Baron Passfield

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Sidney James Webb, Baron Passfield, by Jessie Holliday, circa 1909 - NPG 5938 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sidney James Webb, Baron Passfield

by Jessie Holliday
chalk, circa 1909
18 3/4 in. x 15 in. (476 mm x 381 mm)
Given by John Parker (Herbert John Harvey Parker) on behalf of the Trustees of Beatrice Webb House, 1987
Primary Collection
NPG 5938


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  • Sidney James Webb, Baron Passfield (1859-1947), Politician; MP for Seaham, social reformer, economist and a co-founder of the London School of Economics. Sitter in 90 portraits.

Artistback to top

  • Jessie Holliday (1884-1915), Artist and suffragette; wife of Edmund T. Dana; daughter of Henry Holliday. Artist associated with 5 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

Related worksback to top

  • NPG 5939: Beatrice Webb (companion portrait)
  • NPG D32746: Sidney James Webb, Baron Passfield (source portrait)

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Current affairs

The American retailer Harry Gordon Selfridge opens the first British custom-built department store on what was then the 'dead end' of Oxford Street. The revolutionary complex, considered the world's largest at the time, transforms shopping, offering diverse amenities including a post office and a library, and modernises the visual face of retailing through innovative window displays.

Art and science

The Frenchman Louis Bleriot becomes the first person to cross the English channel by aeroplane, winning the £1,000 prize offered by the Daily Mail, and greeted by cheering crowds at Dover station. Bleriot's flight also showed that England was, as H.G. Wells put it, from a military point of view 'no longer an inaccessible island'. In dance, Alexandre Benois becomes the first artistic director of Sergey Diaghilev's innovative Ballets Russes.

International

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), is founded in America to campaign for the rights of African Americans. One of the oldest and most influential civil rights movements, it was founded by a diverse group of individuals from mixed backgrounds, including W.E.B. Du Bois, Ida Wells-Barnett, Henry Moscowitz and William English Walling. The Selig Polyscope company sets up the first film studio in Los Angeles.

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