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Doreen Maud Agnew (née Jessel)

1 of 4 portraits of Doreen Maud Agnew (née Jessel)

Doreen Maud Agnew (née Jessel), by Bassano Ltd, 21 April 1926 - NPG x123649 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Doreen Maud Agnew (née Jessel)

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 21 April 1926
Given by Bassano & Vandyk Studios, 1974
Photographs Collection
NPG x123649


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  • Doreen Maud Agnew (née Jessel) (1909-1990), War-time administrative assistant; wife of Geoffrey William Gerald Agnew; daughter of 1st Baron Jessel. Sitter in 4 portraits.

Artistback to top

  • Bassano Ltd (active 1901-1962). Artist associated with 42731 portraits.

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Current affairs

In response to wage cuts and increased working hours for coal miners recommended by the Samuel Commission, the Trade Union Council calls a General Strike of workers in the key industries. Although over 1.5 million workers took part, the TUC finally gave in after nine days and called off the strike. The Trade Disputes and Trade Union Act of 1927 made it harder for workers to strike.

Art and science

A.A. Milne publishes Winnie-the-Pooh. The series of popular children's books featured the character Christopher Robin (named after Milne's son) and a cast of animals based on his stuffed-toys including Winnie-the-Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Rabbit, Tigger, Kanga and Roo. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is published. This was Agatha Christie's first 'whodunnit' story featuring Hecule Poirot, the Belgium Detective.

International

The League of Nations accepts Germany as the sixth permanent member on the council deeming it a 'peace-loving country'. This confidence, however, was short lived with Germany leaving the League with the accession of Adolf Hitler to power in 1933.

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