by Sir John Lavery
oil on canvas, 1916
17 7/8 in. x 13 3/4 in. (455 mm x 350 mm)
Given by Pamela, Lady Glenconner, 1985
Sitterback to top
- Dame Irene Vanbrugh (Irene Barnes) (1872-1949), Actress. Sitter associated with 85 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Sir John Lavery (1856-1941), Painter. Artist associated with 17 portraits, Sitter in 19 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Preparatory sketch, made in France, for a large group painting commissioned by the Royal Exchange.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 629
Events of 1916back to top
Current affairsAs war drags on with heavy losses conscription is introduced with the Military Service Act. Conscientious objectors who refused to fight were compelled to do non-military war work, and some were jailed.
British Summer Time is introduced, putting the clocks forward an hour during the summer in order to capitalise on daylight hours.
Art and scienceC. Hubert H. Parry sets William Blake's poem, Jerusalem, to music popularising the poem and tune as a patriotic English anthem. On hearing Edward Elgar's orchestrated version in 1922, King George V suggested that it replace God Save the King as the National Anthem.
InternationalThe Irish Citizen Army starts a Nationalist rebellion in Dublin: The Easter Rising.
Massive losses are suffered on the Western Front at the battles of the Somme and Verdun.
The Arab revolt against the Ottoman Empire (1916-18) led by Prince Faisal is assisted by T.E. Lawrence, who became known as Lawrence of Arabia.
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