Dame Gladys Cooper
Dame Gladys Cooper
by Charles Buchel (Karl August Büchel)
oil on canvas, 1920s?
36 1/4 in. x 28 in. (921 mm x 711 mm)
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Artistback to top
- Charles Buchel (Karl August Büchel) (1872-1950). Artist associated with 36 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Gladys Cooper appeared on stage from 1905 and in films from 1914, and managed the Playhouse (1922-33). Her notable stage successes included The Second Mrs Tanqueray (1922) and The Chalk Garden (1955, 1971). In 1940 a Hollywood career which would last thirty years began with a small role in Alfred Hitchcock's Rebecca. She is seen in this portrait wearing a bandeau, a piece of jewellery greatly in vogue during the Art Deco period.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 143
Events of 1920back to top
Current affairsThe Government of Ireland Act (Fourth Home Rule Bill) partitions Ireland into the Irish Free State with a devolved parliament in Dublin and Northern Ireland with a devolved parliament in Belfast.
The Communist Party of Great Britain is founded in London, uniting a number of independent socialist and Marxist parties into a single, united party.
Art and scienceQueen Alexandra unveils a monument to Edith Cavell in St Martin's Place opposite the National Portrait Gallery. The English nurse was executed in Germany for helping hundreds of allied soldiers to cross the border from occupied Belgium to the neutral Netherlands.
George V officially opens the Imperial War Museum at the Crystal Palace.
InternationalThe Kapp Putsch threatens the newly formed Weimar Republic. In defiance of the Treaty of Versailles, the leaders of the Marinebrigade Ehrhardt refused to disband and marched on Berlin, occupying it on the 13th March. With the general army refusing to defend the city, the government fled to Stuttgart. The rebellion, however, failed after the workers joined a general strike, disabling their plans.
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