The Cabinet Cherubs
1 portrait of Reginald McKenna
Reproduced with permission of Punch Ltd
The Cabinet Cherubs
by Sir (John) Bernard Partridge
pen and ink, wash and black chalk, 1908
13 5/8 in. x 10 in. (345 mm x 254 mm) paper size
Given by (Walter) Leslie Runciman, 2nd Viscount Runciman of Doxford, 1977
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Sittersback to top
- Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (1874-1965), Prime Minister. Sitter in 212 portraits.
- Lewis Harcourt, 1st Viscount Harcourt (1863-1922), Liberal politician; MP for Rossendale and Secretary of State for the Colonies. Sitter in 15 portraits.
- David Lloyd George, 1st Earl Lloyd-George (1863-1945), Prime Minister. Sitter associated with 127 portraits.
- Reginald McKenna (1863-1943), Banker and Liberal politician; Chancellor of the Exchequer. Sitter in 14 portraits.
- Walter Runciman, 1st Viscount Runciman of Doxford (1870-1949), Liberal politician; MP for Dewsbury and St Ives ; son of 1st Baron Runciman. Sitter in 24 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Sir (John) Bernard Partridge (1861-1945), Cartoonist and illustrator. Artist associated with 91 portraits, Sitter in 20 portraits.
Events of 1908back to top
Current affairsHenry Asquith replaces Henry Campbell-Bannerman as Liberal leader and Prime Minister, with David Lloyd George taking control of the Exchequer. Asquith and Lloyd George embark on a bold programme of social reform, laying the foundations of the Welfare State, introducing government pensions this year and later a system of National Insurance.
The first aeroplane for the British army is built by the American, Samuel Cody.
Art and scienceE.M. Forster's novel A Room with a View is published, following the experiences of a young woman, Lucy Honeydrew, in the repressed culture of Edwardian England.
The French art critic Louis Vauxcelles first uses the term 'cubism' to refer to a landscape painting by Georges Braque.
InternationalKing Carlos of Portugal and his heir, Prince Luis Filipe, are killed by assassins from the Republican trying to provoke a revolution. Carlos I, unpopular because of his extravagant lifestyle and extramarital affairs, was succeeded by his younger son, Manuel, the last monarch of the Braganza dynasty.
Following the death of the Guangxu Emperor in China, his two year old nephew replaces him, becoming the the last Manchu emperor of China.