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Aldous Huxley; Matthew Huxley

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Aldous Huxley; Matthew Huxley, by Dorothy Wilding, 1932 - NPG x144198 - © William Hustler and Georgina Hustler / National Portrait Gallery, London

© William Hustler and Georgina Hustler / National Portrait Gallery, London

Aldous Huxley; Matthew Huxley

by Dorothy Wilding
chlorobromide print on tissue and card mount, 1932
8 1/8 in. x 5 7/8 in. (207 mm x 150 mm) image size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Dame Helen Gardner Bequest, 2003
Photographs Collection
NPG x144198


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  • Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), Novelist. Sitter in 113 portraits.
  • Matthew Huxley (1920-2005), Author and epidemiologist; son of Aldous Huxley. Sitter in 18 portraits.

Artistback to top

  • Dorothy Wilding (1893-1976), Photographer. Artist associated with 2147 portraits, Sitter in 30 portraits.

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Photographed in the year that Brave New World was first published, Aldous Huxley is shown with his son Matthew. This was the second occasion in which Huxley visited the Wilding studio, having first had his portrait taken by her in 1930.

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Current affairs

Sir Oswald Mosley forms the British Union of Fascists. Mosley's party - nicknamed the Black Shirts after their uniform - was founded along the lines of Mussolini's Fascist Party in Italy and called for the replacement of parliamentary democracy with a system of elected executives. During the war Mosley was interned and the BUF was proscribed.

Art and science

John Cockcroft and Ernest Walton 'split the atom'. In fact, Cockcroft and Walton's achievement was to change the nucleus of one element into another by bombarding it with protons, rather than to literally spit an atom apart. Nevertheless 'splitting the atom' has become the popular way of describing this important stage in the development of nuclear technology.

International

Saudi Arabia is formed by the unification of the Kingdoms of Hijaz and Nejd under King Abdul Aziz.
Iraq is granted independence from the British mandate established by the League of Nations in 1919-20.

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