2 of 43 portraits of W.H. Auden
by John Bicknell Auden
bromide print, 1928
6 in. x 4 1/4 in. (151 mm x 110 mm)
Artistback to top
- John Bicknell Auden (1903-1991), Geologist and explorer; brother of W.H. Auden. Artist of 1 portrait, Sitter in 2 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Shortly before leaving Oxford in 1928, Auden's first collection of poems was published privately by fellow student Stephen Spender. In this photograph, taken by Auden's older brother in Threlkeld, Cumbria, he is shown wearing the hat that 'irritated' his friend Christopher Isherwood. Also in this year, Auden underwent psychoanalysis in an attempt to overcome his homosexuality, and became engaged to a young nurse. In the autumn he left England to spend a year in Berlin.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Owen, Elizabeth, Fashion in Photographs 1920-1940, 1993, p. 66
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 23
Placesback to top
- Place made and portrayed: United Kingdom: England, Cumbria (Wescoe, Threlkeld, near Keswick, Cumbria)
Events of 1928back to top
Current affairsThe Representation of the People Act 1928 grants women the same rights to vote as men. Building on reform of 1918, this Act lowered the voting age for women from 30 to 21, and removed the ownership of property requirements.
Art and scienceAlexander Fleming discovers penicillin. The Scottish scientist's identification of the first antibiotic revolutionised the treatment of infection and is a landmark in medical history. By the Second World War, penicillin was being used to treat wounded soldiers and had a major impact on survival rates of those with infected wounds.
InternationalStalin announces the Soviet Union's first Five-Year plan of economic development. Based on Lenin's New Economic Policy, the Five-Year Plans aimed to expand the country's economy through rapid centralised industrialisation.
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