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Mass-Observation


14 People in sitter grouping:

Founded in 1937, by anthropologist Tom Harrisson, writer Charles Madge and filmmaker Humphrey Jennings, the Mass Observation organisation would work on a range of social research projects, including East end Anti-Semitism and the West Fulham by-election 1938. Harrison and Madge favoured different methods of data collection. Harrison preferred a top-down approach, where behaviour of a group or class of people would be observed, whereas Madge used a top down approach, asking individuals for responses and using surveys to provide qualitative data. After some initial hesitation, the government's Ministry of Information would work with Mass Observation during WW2 to report on public morale and the effects of the war. Madge would leave the group in 1940, citing the government commissions as one of his reasons, believing that it changing from a majority government funded organisation, to facilitating government manipulation of public opinion. After the war, many of the Mass Observation workers would go on to join the newly established Government Social Survey before it merged into a market research company.

Sir William Menzies Coldstream

Sir William Menzies Coldstream

1908-1987
Painter
Sitter in 22 portraits
David Emery Gascoyne

David Emery Gascoyne

1916-2001
Poet
Sitter in 7 portraits
Humphrey Jennings

Humphrey Jennings

1907-1950
Documentary film-maker
Sitter in 1 portrait
Julian Otto Trevelyan

Julian Otto Trevelyan

1910-1988
Painter and etcher
Sitter in 9 portraits | Artist of 3 portraits
Sir Thomas ('Tommy') Dalmahoy Barlow

Sir Thomas ('Tommy') Dalmahoy Barlow

1883-1964
Industrialist and public servant
Sitter in 5 portraits
Sir William Empson

Sir William Empson

1906-1984
Poet, literary critic and teacher
Sitter in 12 portraits
Richard Sidney Richmond Fitter

Richard Sidney Richmond Fitter

1913-2005
Naturalist and author
Sitter in 1 portrait
Sir Victor Gollancz

Sir Victor Gollancz

1893-1967
Publisher
Sitter in 5 portraits
Tom Harnett Harrisson

Tom Harnett Harrisson

1911-1976
Traveller, explorer and scholar; co-founder of the Mass-Observation social survey project
Sitter in 15 portraits
Charles Madge

Charles Madge

1912-1996
Poet and co-founder of Mass Observation
Sitter in 10 portraits
Lady Naomi Margaret Mitchison (née Haldane)

Lady Naomi Margaret Mitchison (née Haldane)

1897-1998
Writer; diarist for Mass-Observation; wife of Gilbert Richard Mitchison; daughter of John Scott Haldane
Sitter in 4 portraits
Bill Naughton

Bill Naughton

1910-1992
Writer
Sitter in 1 portrait
Ernest Emil Darwin Simon, 1st Baron Simon of Wythenshawe

Ernest Emil Darwin Simon, 1st Baron Simon of Wythenshawe

1879-1960
Politician and Co-founder of New Statesman
Sitter in 3 portraits
Woodrow Lyle Wyatt, Baron Wyatt of Weeford

Woodrow Lyle Wyatt, Baron Wyatt of Weeford

1918-1997
Politician and journalist
Sitter in 7 portraits