2 of 170 portraits of Lily Elsie
by Sir James Jebusa Shannon
oil on canvas, circa 1916
33 1/2 in. x 27 1/2 in. (851 mm x 699 mm)
Bequeathed by Lily Elsie (Mrs Bullough), 1963
Sitterback to top
- Lily Elsie (Mrs Bullough) (1886-1962), Actress and singer. Sitter in 170 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Sir James Jebusa Shannon (1862-1923), Painter. Artist associated with 5 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
Linked publicationsback to top
- The Masque of Beauty, 1972 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from National Portrait Gallery, London, 5 July-17 Sept. 1972.), p. number 45
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 206
Events of 1916back to top
Current affairsAs war drags on with heavy losses conscription is introduced with the Military Service Act. Conscientious objectors who refused to fight were compelled to do non-military war work, and some were jailed.
British Summer Time is introduced, putting the clocks forward an hour during the summer in order to capitalise on daylight hours.
Art and scienceC. Hubert H. Parry sets William Blake's poem, Jerusalem, to music popularising the poem and tune as a patriotic English anthem. On hearing Edward Elgar's orchestrated version in 1922, King George V suggested that it replace God Save the King as the National Anthem.
InternationalThe Irish Citizen Army starts a Nationalist rebellion in Dublin: The Easter Rising.
Massive losses are suffered on the Western Front at the battles of the Somme and Verdun.
The Arab revolt against the Ottoman Empire (1916-18) led by Prince Faisal is assisted by T.E. Lawrence, who became known as Lawrence of Arabia.