Unknown fashion model
1 portrait on display in the Room 31 showcase at the National Portrait Gallery
Unknown fashion model
by Francis Goodman
vintage bromide print, circa 1935
9 5/8 in. x 7 1/8 in. (243 mm x 182 mm) image size
Bequeathed by the estate of Francis Goodman, 1989
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Artistback to top
- Francis Goodman (1913-1989), Photographer. Artist of 1304 portraits, Sitter in 6 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Goodman wrote about fashion photography in 1934: 'Photography as a medium of showing clothes is fast catching up with fashion drawing, and this despite the fact that […] In a drawing the artist can eliminate or modify lines that are not pleasing or create a figure to suit them: but in a photograph one must accept those lines and make them pleasing.' He also likened a good fashion photographer to a dressmaker: 'they need a dressmaker's qualities to understand the dress.'
Placesback to top
- Place made and portrayed: United Kingdom: England, London (67 Mount Street, Park Lane, London)
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Francis Goodman: Back In Focus (22 April 2013 - 3 November 2013)
Events of 1935back to top
Current affairsStanley Baldwin starts his third term as Prime Minister after Ramsay Macdonald resigns due to ill health. Coincidentally, Baldwin's first term in office also came about when the Prime Minister of the time, Bonar Law, stepped down due to illness in 1923.
Art and scienceRobert Watson-Watt demonstrates Radar, showing how an aircraft can be tracked by detecting radio waves reflected off it. During the war, Watson-Watt established a network of machines and operators that helped detect the approach of enemy aircraft in the Battle of Britain.
Penguin publishes its first paperback books, making reading more portable and affordable to a wider audience.
InternationalItaly invades Abyssinia. The invasion of the country now known as Ethiopia was part of Mussolini's plan to create an Italian Empire. It was also an attempt to avenge Abyssinia's victory over the Italian army at Adowa in 1896.
Germany introduces conscription, breaking the disarmament clause of the Treaty of Versailles.