© National Portrait Gallery, London
Lady Mary Lygon
by Francis Goodman Click on the links below to find out more
tear sheet, published 27 March 1940
8 3/4 in. x 7 1/4 in. (223 mm x 183 mm) image size
Given by Terence Pepper, 2011
- Lady Mary Lygon (1910-1982), Former wife of Vsevelod Ivanovich Romanov, Prince of Russia; daughter of 7th Earl Beauchamp. Sitter in 4 portraits.
- Francis Goodman (1913-1989), Photographer. Artist of 1262 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.
Tear sheet from The Sketch, 27 March 1940.
Following the German invasion of the Netherlands, Belgium and France, Neville Chamberlain resigns and Churchill is appointed Prime Minister making the famous speech: 'I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat.'The Battle of Britain ends the Phoney War with Germany's attack on the nation from the air. Britain's cities, airbases and ports are bombed during the Blitz.
Art and science
With little access to sculpture materials, and a bombed out studio Henry Moore starts experimenting with drawings of war subjects. After taking shelter in a London Underground station during an air raid Moore was inspired to begin a series of Shelter Drawings
. With a commission from the War Artists Advisory Committee, headed by Kenneth Clark, these became some of the most popular example of official war art.
Britain's attempt to defend France against German invasion by landing troops on the French coast ends in failure; France surrenders and Britain is left to face the Axis Powers alone. While the Dunkirk Landings were a failure, the heroic rescue of troops by a fleet of English civilian boats was a victory for morale, and the 'Dunkirk Spirit' came to stand as an emblem of British triumph in adversity.