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Henry Tonks

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Henry Tonks, by George Charles Beresford, August 1902 - NPG x6599 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Henry Tonks

by George Charles Beresford
half-plate glass negative, August 1902
6 1/8 in. x 4 3/8 in. (157 mm x 112 mm) overall
Purchased, 1954
Photographs Collection
NPG x6599


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  • Henry Tonks (1862-1937), Painter, doctor and teacher. Sitter associated with 15 portraits, Artist of 29 portraits.

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Prime Minister Lord Salisbury resigns and is replaced by his nephew, Balfour, who this year introduces the Education Act, which controversially hands control of secondary education from school boards to Local Education Authorities. Arthur Griffith, leader of the Society of Gaels, introduces a policy of 'Sinn Fein' at a Society meeting in Dublin, which includes passive resistance to the British and the establishment of an Irish ruling council.

Art and science

Joseph Conrad publishes his short story The Heart of Darkness, a powerful critique of European imperialism. Based on his experiences in Africa, the narrative follows Charles Marlow's journey into the Belgian Congo in search of the mysterious trader Kurtz. In New York, Alfred Stieglitz founds the Photo-Secession movement, a group of US photographers influenced by the Pictoralist movement, seeking recognition of photography as art in its own terms.

International

The first Aswan Dam is opened on the Nile, at the time the world's largest dam. The gravity dam, 1900m long and 54m high, was designed by Sir William Willcocks and built by engineers including Sir John Aird, whose firm John Aird & Company was the main contractor. The Boer War ends after the Boers accept their loss of independence under the Treaty of Vereeniging, bringing the Boer republics under British control.

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