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bromide print, 1913
Given by Bassano & Vandyk Studios, 1974
- Maud Allan (1873-1956), Dancer. Sitter in 14 portraits.
- Bassano Ltd (active 1901-1962). Artist associated with 42732 portraits.
This photograph shows Allan in a period between the hysteria of 'Salomania' and the disastrous libel case which, like that of Wilde, would destroy her career. Another pose taken at the same time as this photograph appeared in The Sketch Supplement, 22 October 1913.
The Suffragette, Emily Davison dies after stepping out in front of the King's horse as a protest at the Epsom Derby. In the same year the Liberal government passed the Cat and Mouse Act allowing them to release and re-arrest Suffragettes who went on hunger strike while in prison. Davidson, herself, had been on hunger strike and was force-fed while detained at Holloway Prison.
Art and science
Stravinsky's ballet The Rite of Spring
comes to London following its premier at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris. Audiences were shocked by Stravinsky's rhythmic and dissonant musical score and by the violent jerky dancing of Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, which were intended to represent pagan ritual.
Henry Ford introduces the assembly line at the Ford Motor Company, rapidly increasing the rate at which the famous Model T
could be manufactured, leading to massive growth in the motorcar industry and demonstrating to other industries the efficiency of mass production.