'The Pakenham family'
5 of 19 portraits of Elizabeth (née Harman), Countess of Longford
'The Pakenham family'
by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate film negative, 24 June 1937
Given by Bassano & Vandyk Studios, 1974
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Sittersback to top
- Lady Antonia Fraser (née Pakenham) (1932-), Writer. Sitter in 18 portraits.
- Elizabeth (née Harman), Countess of Longford (1906-2002), Historian and writer; wife of 7th Earl of Longford. Sitter in 19 portraits.
- Thomas Francis Dermot Pakenham, 8th Earl of Longford (1933-), Journalist, historian and arborist. Sitter in 4 portraits.
This portraitback to top
The Longfords are shown here with the two eldest, the biographer Lady Antonia Fraser and the writer and historian Thomas Packenham.
Events of 1937back to top
Current affairsGeorge VI becomes king. The younger brother of Edward VIII was crowned on the 12th May and the coronation was broadcast to Britain and the Empire on the radio. Edward becomes the Duke of Windsor, although the rank of 'Royal Highness' is not extended to Wallis Simpson.Neville Chamberlain becomes Prime Minister following Baldwin's retirement.
Art and scienceRoland Penrose organises a tour of Picasso's painting Guernica to the UK. The painting, which shows the horrors of the Spanish Civil War, went on display at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in East London.A new synthetic fabric is invented and named after New York and London: Nylon.
InternationalCommercial airship travel is brought to an end with the 'Hindenberg Disaster'. The German airship exploded while landing in New Jersey. The radio broadcaster Herbert Morrison's reaction has become legendary: 'Oh, the humanity!'Japan invades China, killing about 25,000. Japanese Troops committed numerous atrocities against soldiers and civilians in what became known as the 'Rape of Nanking'.
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