© National Portrait Gallery, London
Herbert Henry Asquith, 1st Earl of Oxford and Asquith
by André Cluysenaar
oil on canvas, 1919
34 in. x 24 1/2 in. (864 mm x 622 mm)
Purchased with help from Lord Duveen, 1929
Sir John William Alcock and Lieutenant Arthur Whitten Brown pilot the first successful non-stop transatlantic flight from Newfoundland to Ireland, flying 1980 miles in their modified Vickers Vimy bomber plane in just over 16 hours. Their achievement won them a £10,000 prize from the Daily Mail newspaper.
Art and science
John Maynard Keynes publishes The Economic Consequences of the Peace
, an influential economic text that criticised the harsh economic treatment of Germany at the Treaty of Versailles and predicted the destabilising effects of the vindictive settlement.
The Paris Peace Conference negotiates the peace treaties between the victorious and defeated powers. The Conference culminated in a number of treaties including the Treaty of Versailles, which granted independence for the countries under Austrian and Russian rule and forced Germany to accept responsibility for the war and pay reparations. It also established the League of Nations.