© estate of Peggy Angus / National Portrait Gallery, London
by Peggy Angus
pencil, crayon and wash, 1937
20 1/2 in. x 24 5/8 in. (521 mm x 625 mm)
Given by Henry Keswick, 1988
Sitterback to top
- John Egerton Christmas Piper (1903-1992), Artist and writer. Sitter in 59 portraits, Artist of 1 portrait.
Artistback to top
- Margaret MacGregor ('Peggy') Angus (1904-1993), Painter. Artist of 2 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
This portraitback to top
This careful and elegant drawing of the young John Piper is a reminder that in the 1930s he was at the heart of the modern movement in Britain and one of our leading abstract painters. He is seated, with a ginger cat on his lap, on an Alvar Aalto chair (1928) and behind him on the wall hangs his Forms on Dark Blue (1936), one of his largest and most important works of the period. Piper abandoned abstraction in the late 1930s and turned to the romantic depiction of buildings, decorative landscapes, theatre designs and stained glass.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Gibson, Robin, The Face in the Corner: Animal Portraits from the Collections of the National Portrait Gallery, 1998, p. 79
- Robin Gibson, Pets in Portraits, 2015, p. 115
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 495
Subjects & Themesback to top
Events of 1937back to top
Current affairsGeorge VI becomes king. The younger brother of Edward VIII was crowned on the 12th May and the coronation was broadcast to Britain and the Empire on the radio. Edward becomes the Duke of Windsor, although the rank of 'Royal Highness' is not extended to Wallis Simpson.
Neville Chamberlain becomes Prime Minister following Baldwin's retirement.
Art and scienceRoland Penrose organises a tour of Picasso's painting Guernica to the UK. The painting, which shows the horrors of the Spanish Civil War, went on display at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in East London.
A new synthetic fabric is invented and named after New York and London: Nylon.
InternationalCommercial airship travel is brought to an end with the 'Hindenberg Disaster'. The German airship exploded while landing in New Jersey. The radio broadcaster Herbert Morrison's reaction has become legendary: 'Oh, the humanity!'
Japan invades China, killing about 25,000. Japanese Troops committed numerous atrocities against soldiers and civilians in what became known as the 'Rape of Nanking'.