Robert Falcon Scott
Robert Falcon Scott
by Daniel Albert Wehrschmidt (Veresmith)
oil on canvas, 1905
59 1/2 in. x 39 1/2 in. (1511 mm x 1003 mm)
Accepted in lieu of tax by H.M. Government and allocated to the Gallery, 2012
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- Daniel Albert Wehrschmidt (Veresmith) (1861-1932), Artist. Artist associated with 3 portraits.
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This is the only portrait of Scott to have been painted from the life. He is presented on board the Discovery following the triumphal return of his first Antarctic expedition in 1904. He wears naval uniform on which is prominently displayed the Cross of Commander of the Victorian Order awarded him by King Edward VII. He also wears the Polar Medal, which was instituted in 1904 to honour the achievement of Scott's expedition. The picture was loaned to the Gallery in 1924 by Scott's widow, the sculptor Kathleen Scott, who described it as 'a fairly good painting, a good likeness (done from life) and a pleasing picture.'
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Current affairsFollowing turmoil over the issue of Free Trade, Balfour resigns and calls an election, believing that the Liberals will be defeated. However, he is mistaken and Henry Campbell-Bannerman replaces him as the Liberal government Prime Minister.
The foundation of the Ulster Unionist Council, established to campaign against Home Rule, marks the birth of the Ulster Unionist party in Northern Ireland with the Duke of Abercorn as the first elected president.
Art and scienceThe Bloomsbury group of artists and intellectuals begin to hold informal gatherings at the home of Vanessa and Virginia Stephen. The group includes the artist Duncan Grant, biographer Lytton Strachey, and the art critics Clive Bell and Roger Fry.
The German theoretical physicist Albert Einstein has his 'annus mirabilis', publishing groundbreaking papers on the nature of light and motion, including his relation of mass and energy in the equation e = mc2.
InternationalMassacre of more than 100 workers at a peaceful demonstration by troops in St Petersburg becomes known as 'Bloody Sunday'. The event sparks the 1905 Revolution, with uprisings and peasant revolts in other cities, leading the Tsar to issue the October Manifesto, pledging moderate reform, including the establishment of an elected 'duma' (government), which only partially appeases imperial opposition. Still fighting Japan, the internal agitation weakens the imperial army.
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