Sir Desmond MacCarthy
Sir Desmond MacCarthy
by Duncan Grant
oil on canvas, 1944
36 in. x 33 1/4 in. (914 mm x 845 mm)
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- Duncan Grant (1885-1978), Artist. Artist of 9 portraits, Sitter associated with 30 portraits.
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One of the Cambridge 'Apostles' and a member of the Bloomsbury Group, Desmond MacCarthy worked as a literary journalist. He edited the New Quarterly (1907-10) and was on the staff of the New Statesmen as dramatic critic and literary editor (1913-28) until his appointment as senior literary critic at The Sunday Times, a post he held until his death in 1952. This portrait of him at work with a pile of books nearby was painted by Duncan Grant, the Bloomsbury artist, at Grant's home Charleston Manor in Sussex.
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- Place made and portrayed: United Kingdom: England, Sussex (artist's home, Charleston Manor, Sussex)
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Current affairsLondon is hit by the V1 Flying Bomb. This weapon, developed by the German Luftwaffe and colloquially known as the 'Buzz Bomb', or 'Doodlebug', was the first guided missile and was used for attacks on targets in England and Belgium.
Art and scienceLaurence Olivier's epic film version of Henry V is released. Olivier directed and starred in the film, which was partly funded by the British government in recognition of its morale-boosting patriotic appeal. The cast included service men as Henry's army.
InternationalFrance is liberated from German-occupation following the Battle for Normandy. Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of occupied-France led by Field Marshall Montgomery, was the largest seaborne invasion in history, involving almost three million soldiers crossing the channel from England to France. Troops landed on the 6th June (D-Day), and Paris was liberated in late August.
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