© National Portrait Gallery, London
The Dreadnought Hoax
by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd) Click on the links below to find out more
matte bromide print, 7 February 1910
6 7/8 in. x 8 3/4 in. (176 mm x 223 mm)
Purchased with help from Gift Aid visitor donations, 2007
- Anthony Buxton (1881-1970), Writer and naturalist; participant in Dreadnought Hoax. Sitter in 1 portrait.
- (William) Horace De Vere Cole (1881-1936), Practical joker and participant in Dreadnought Hoax. Sitter in 1 portrait.
- Duncan Grant (1885-1978), Artist. Sitter associated with 29 portraits, Artist of 9 portraits.
- Guy Ridley (1885-1947), Solicitor; participant in Dreadnought Hoax. Sitter associated with 1 portrait.
- Adrian Stephen (1883-1948), Psychoanalyst; son of Sir Leslie Stephen. Sitter associated with 7 portraits.
- Virginia Woolf (née Stephen) (1882-1941), Novelist and critic; sister of Vanessa Bell. Sitter in 63 portraits.
This photograph was taken at the Lafayette studios just before the party set out on the train to Weymouth.
George V succeeds Edward VII to the throne. The Liberals win narrow victories after calling two General Elections following escalating tension between the Liberal administration and the Lords reached crisis point with the Lords' unprecedented rejection of Lloyd George's 1909 budget. The budget included tax reform intended to fund social reform and a rearmament programme, but was seen by the Conservative Lords as an assault on property.
Art and science
The critic and Bloomsbury group member Roger Fry curates a ground-breaking and, at the time, shocking exhibition in London's Grafton Galleries, Manet and the Post-Impressionists
. The exhibition introduces the work of contemporary European artists to the London art establishment, including Manet, Cezanne, Gaugin and Van Gogh, and Fry became a champion of modern art, coining the term 'Post-Impressionism'.
Japan annexes Korea as a colony, an indication of Japan's ambitious imperialist aims and attempts to control trade and influence in East Asia. Japanese occupation of Korea lasted until 1945, after Japan surrendered to the Allied forces at the end of the Second World War and Korea was divided in two by the United States and the Soviet Union.