Dame Ethel Walker
Dame Ethel Walker
by Dame Ethel Walker
oil on canvas, circa 1925
24 1/8 in. x 20 in. (613 mm x 508 mm)
Sitterback to top
- Dame Ethel Walker (1861-1951), Painter and sculptor. Sitter in 2 portraits, Artist of 2 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Dame Ethel Walker (1861-1951), Painter and sculptor. Artist of 2 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
This portraitback to top
There is some doubt about the date of the portrait, an inscription on the back gives the date of 1925, but even allowing for self -deception could the artist really have been 64? The date for the yellow coat as a fashion item would be about 1910. There is evidence of the angle of the head having been repainted and the chin and mouth rethought. Perhaps the painter reworked it before giving it in 1925 to the member of her family from whence this portrait came.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Ribeiro, Aileen, The Gallery of Fashion, 2000, p. 209
- Ribeiro, Aileen; Blackman, Cally, A Portrait of Fashion: Six Centuries of Dress at the National Portrait Gallery, 2015, p. 216
- 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. 61
- Rideal, Liz, Insights: Self-portraits, 2005, p. 11
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 638
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Mirror Mirror: Self-portraits by women artists (12 September 2001 - 20 January 2002)
Events of 1925back to top
Current affairsOn the advice of the Governor of the Bank of England, Montagu Norman, Winston Churchill returns British currency to the Gold Standard. This caused deflation across the empire as the value of the pound returned to the pre-war gold price, leading to unemployment, the miners' strike and the general strike in 1926.
Art and scienceJohn Logie Baird transmits the first television images of a ventriloquist's dummy. The BBC used Logie Baird's invention from 1927 until 1935 when they adopted EMI-Marconi's superior electronic scanning system.
Virginia Woolf publishes her innovative 'stream of consciousness' novel, Mrs Dalloway, which chronicles a day in the life of the protagonist through her interior monologue.