© Estate of Fred Daniels / National Portrait Gallery, London
Anna May Wong
by Fred Daniels Click on the links below to find out more
vintage bromide print on red card mount, 1929
13 7/8 in. x 9 1/2 in. (354 mm x 241 mm)
Given by Nancy Eckert, 1989
- Fred Daniels (1892-1959). Artist of 86 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
Fred Daniels was one of the first British film-stills photographers and was recruited by E A Dupont, the director of Piccadilly to take stills and portraits for the films publicity. Another portrait of Anna May appears on the cover of the recent BFI reissue of the film. Daniels continued his career in film into the 1940s and also took celebrated photographs of the dancer Margaret Morris and her company.
The first election held under universal suffrage is a victory for Labour. Ramsay Macdonald returned for his second term as Prime Minster, and appointed Margaret Grace Bondfield as the first woman Cabinet Minister.
Art and science
Two classic books about the First World War are published: All Quiet on the Western Front
, by war veteran, Erich Maria Remarque, tells of the horrors of war and the returning German soldiers' feelings of detachment from civilian life; while Robert Grave's autobiography Goodbye to All That
, aimed to describe the author's experiences of the war so that they 'need never be thought about again'.
The 24th October 1929 becomes known as Black Thursday
when the US Stock Exchange Collapses and millions are lost. The event was the start of the Wall Street Crash, which in turn contributed towards the Great Depression: a major international recession that lasted through most of the 1930s.