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vintage print, 1936
10 in. x 7 1/8 in. (253 mm x 180 mm)
- Sir John Gielgud (1904-2000), Actor and theatre director. Sitter in 120 portraits.
- Carl Van Vechten (1880-1964), Critic, novelist and photographer. Artist of 17 portraits.
Van Vechten had set up as a portrait photographer only three years before photographing Gielgud in New York; previously he had been a crime reporter, music critic and writer of novels.
Following the death of his father George V, Edward succeeds to the throne as King Edward VIII, but chooses to abdicate in order to marry the American divorcee, Wallis Simpson. Edward was the only monarch every to voluntarily relinquish the throne.
Art and science
The Spitfire, designed by Reginald Mitchell, has its maiden flight. The RAF and other allied forces used the plane extensively and to great effect during the Second World War.Television broadcasting begins. Although the BBC had been transmitting television since 1930, regular service did not begin until 1936, when the 'BBC Television Service' (now BBC One) was broadcast from Alexandra Palace.
The Spanish Civil War begins. Nationalists, led by General Francisco Franco, and supported by Italian and German fascist governments, rebelled against the Second Spanish Republic. The conflict lasted until 1939, and anticipated many of the features of the Second World War: fighting between Communists and Fascists, the rise of nationalism and the use of terror tactics against civilians.