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platinotype mounted on photographer's card, circa 1915
8 1/8 in. x 5 5/8 in. (205 mm x 143 mm)
- Malcolm Arbuthnot (1877-1967), Photographer and artist. Artist associated with 23 portraits.
The photograph was taken in Arbuthnot's New Bond Street studio, where later a fire destroyed much of his work. The photographer was one of the original signatories of the Vorticist manifesto and some years after the War he abandoned photography for painting.
- Crane, David; Judd, Alan, First World War Poets, 2014, p. 88
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 459
The Times Newspaper reports that Britain's Army is suffering from a lack of Ammunition Shells, pointing the finger of blame at the Liberal government. The Shell Scandal forced Asquith to form a new coalition government, bringing Conservatives into the cabinet and demonstrating the need to gear the whole country's economy towards the war effort.
Art and science
As the threat from aerial attack increased, the decision was made to protect the national art collections by storing them in basements or in locations outside London. On 15th October the National Portrait Gallery under the directorship of Sir Charles John Holmes closed its doors to the public and removed paintings from the walls.
Stalemate ensues on the Western Front and trench warfare begins as both sides take up defensive positions. While offensive strategies become futile, serious loss of life occurs with the first deployment of tanks and the use of poison gas.Albert Einstein publishes his General Theory of Relativity
, a model of gravitation and cosmology.