2 of 23 portraits by James Craig Annan
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by James Craig Annan
photogravure, published 1907
6 in. x 7 3/4 in. (152 mm x 197 mm)
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Sitterback to top
- William Strang (1859-1921), Painter and etcher. Sitter in 11 portraits, Artist associated with 65 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Born in Dumbarton, William Strang came to London to study at the Slade School under Alphonse Legros and remained there for the rest of his life. A prolific painter of portraits, biblical and subject paintings, he is best known for his portrait drawings in a style based on Holbein, and for his many etchings which are remarkable for their unity of vision and superb draughtsmanship. This photogravure was published in America in Alfred Stieglitz's Camera Work in July 1907 under the title The Etching Printer - William Strang, Esq., ARA. It shows Strang, who stands before a printing press, examining an etcher's plate.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Rogers, Malcolm, Camera Portraits, 1989 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 20 October 1989 - 21 January 1990), p. 157
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 594
Events of 1907back to top
Current affairsRobert Baden Powell, a former lieutenant-general in the British Army, forms the Boy Scout Movement after holding a camp on Brownsea Island for a group of twenty-two boys of mixed social background. Baden Powell was inspired after finding that his 1903 military training manual Aids to Scouting had become a bestseller, and was being used by teachers and youth workers. The Scout movement has become a Worldwide phenomenon, with over 38 million members in 216 countries.
Art and scienceThe poet, author and critic Edmund Gosse publishes his autobiography Father and Son, an account of his relationship with his devout Christian father, the zoologist Phillip Gosse. Edmund's detailing of his loss of faith is a reflection on the Victorian age itself.
Anna Pavlova first dances The Dying Swan, choreographed by Michel Fokine to music by Camille Saint-Saens, at a charity performance.
InternationalAmerica is gripped by a financial crisis as a collapse of trust companies causes panic amongst shareholders.
Aged twenty, the Swiss architect Le Corbusier, one of the most influential figures in twentieth-century architecture, designs his first house at La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland.