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Bay Russell; Ethel Oliver

8 of 12 portraits of Ethel Oliver

Bay Russell; Ethel Oliver, by Bassano Ltd, 20 July 1912 - NPG x103430 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Bay Russell; Ethel Oliver

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 20 July 1912
Given by John Culme, 1996
Photographs Collection
NPG x103430


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  • Ethel Oliver (active circa 1903-1933), Actress. Sitter in 12 portraits.
  • Bay Russell, Actor. Sitter in 10 portraits.

Artistback to top

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

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Events of 1912back to top

Current affairs

The Royal Flying Corps is established. During the Great War, planes and balloons were used mainly for reconnaissance and observation before technological advances made them fast enough and manoeuvrable enough to attack enemy positions and fight in the air. Arthur (Bomber) Harris won distinction as a pilot destroying five enemy aircraft in the war. In the Second World War he became Marshal of the Royal Air Force.

Art and science

George Bernard Shaw writes Pygmalion. Charles Babbage's invents the Analytic Machine. Considered to be the forerunner to the modern computer, the machine was able to make automatic mathematical calculations. Edward Bulwer-Lytton publishes his hugely popular, but now largely neglected, novel Last Days of Pompeii, set in the Italian city at the time of Mount Vesuvius' eruption in 79AD.

International

Scott leads the British Expedition to the South Pole reaching it in January 1912 only to discover that the rival Norwegian party had beaten them by a month. All members of Scott's team perished on the return journey. Captain Oates' famous last words were immortalised in Scott's diary: 'I am just going outside and may be some time.' The 'unsinkable' Titanic strikes an iceberg and goes down on its maiden journey between Southampton and New York.

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