Sir Arthur Bliss
6 of 6 portraits by Mark Gertler
Sir Arthur Bliss
by Mark Gertler
oil on canvas, 1932
25 in. x 30 in. (635 mm x 762 mm)
Artistback to top
- Mark Gertler (1891-1939), Painter. Artist or producer of 6 portraits, Sitter in 99 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Gertler visited the composer at his home, East Heath Lodge in Hampstead to work on this painting. Bliss is shown seated at his mother's Blüthner piano.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Rogers, Malcolm, Master Drawings from the National Portrait Gallery, 1993 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 5 August to 23 October 1994), p. 152
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 61
Placesback to top
- Place made: United Kingdom: England, London (sitter's home, East Heath Lodge, Hampstead)
Events of 1932back to top
Current affairsSir Oswald Mosley forms the British Union of Fascists. Mosley's party - nicknamed the Black Shirts after their uniform - was founded along the lines of Mussolini's Fascist Party in Italy and called for the replacement of parliamentary democracy with a system of elected executives. During the war Mosley was interned and the BUF was proscribed.
Art and scienceJohn Cockcroft and Ernest Walton 'split the atom'. In fact, Cockcroft and Walton's achievement was to change the nucleus of one element into another by bombarding it with protons, rather than to literally spit an atom apart. Nevertheless 'splitting the atom' has become the popular way of describing this important stage in the development of nuclear technology.
InternationalSaudi Arabia is formed by the unification of the Kingdoms of Hijaz and Nejd under King Abdul Aziz.
Iraq is granted independence from the British mandate established by the League of Nations in 1919-20.
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