oil on canvas, 1942
12 in. x 10 in. (306 mm x 254 mm)
Given by the sitter and artist, 'Gluck' (Hannah Gluckstein), 1973
Sitterback to top
- 'Gluck' (Hannah Gluckstein) (1895-1978), Painter. Sitter in 1 portrait, Artist of 2 portraits.
Artistback to top
- 'Gluck' (Hannah Gluckstein) (1895-1978), Painter. Artist of 2 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
This portraitback to top
The artist 'Gluck' was born Hannah Gluckstein, a member of the family that founded the Lyons & Co. catering empire. Gluck successfully crusaded for an improvement in the quality of artist's paint, lobbying for the use of cold-pressed oil and hand-ground pigments. She showed with the Fine Art Society in 1926, '32, '37 and finally in 1973 when her work was rediscovered. In the the 1940s she moved to Steyning, Sussex and lived there until her death in 1978. The artist is well known for her trademark 'Gluck Frame' which she designed to fit around her paintings making the moulding an integral part of a room's decorative scheme. This self-portrait is not in a 'Gluck' but a white 'Whistler' frame made by Rowley Frames and used by the artist in the 1940s for her smaller portraits.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Rideal, Liz, Mirror Mirror: Self-portraits by Women Artists, 2001 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 12 September 2001 to 20 January 2002), p. 81
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 250
- Simon, Jacob, The Art of the Picture Frame: Artists, Patrons and the Framing of Portraits in Britain, 1997 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 8 November 1996 - 9 February 1997), p. 22, 185
- Tinker, Christopher, Speak its Name! - Quotations by and about Gay Men and Women, 2016, p. 73
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Mirror Mirror: Self-portraits by women artists (12 September 2001 - 20 January 2002)
Events of 1942back to top
Current affairsThe Oxford Committee for Famine Relief is founded in Oxford with the aim of sending food through the Allied blockade of Nazi-Occupied Greece. The organisation continued after the war to relieve suffering as a result of the war in Europe, and eventually to help distressed peoples internationally. It gradually became known as Oxfam, after its telegraph address, and is now one of the largest international development and aid agencies.
Art and scienceDesert Island Discs is broadcast for the first time. Each week a famous guest is invited to select which eight pieces of music they would choose to take if they were castaway on an island. The show is still going and is the longest running music programme on radio.
Enid Blyton publishes her first Famous Five children's book: Five On A Treasure Island.
InternationalThe Allied forces sign the 'Declaration by United Nations', pledging the signatories to fight together until the end of the war and establishing an international organisation with the aim of upholding world peace and security with Sir Gladwyn Jebb as the first Secretary General.
In Berlin, senior Nazis plan the 'Final Solution' to exterminate European Jews, and start building death camps to carry it out.