1 of 63 portraits of Virginia Woolf
by George Charles Beresford
platinum print, July 1902
6 in. x 4 1/4 in. (152 mm x 108 mm)
Sitterback to top
- Virginia Woolf (née Stephen) (1882-1941), Novelist and critic; sister of Vanessa Bell. Sitter in 63 portraits.
Artistback to top
- George Charles Beresford (1864-1938), Photographer. Artist associated with 387 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
Linked publicationsback to top
- 100 Photographs, 2018, p. 43 Read entry
George Charles Beresford (1864-1938) photographed twenty-year-old Virginia Stephen (1882-1941; later Woolf) just as she was beginning her literary career, writing reviews for The Times Literary Supplement. She would later become one of the major writers of English fiction, pioneering the ‘stream-of-consciousness’ novel, and, together with her sister, the painter Vanessa Bell, was a central figure of the Bloomsbury Group. Woolf was photographed at Beresford’s commercial studio in Knightsbridge. The resulting image was printed using platinum paper, a technique that produces a rich range of nuanced tones, and beautifully delineates her delicate features.
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 677
- Spalding, Frances, Virginia Woolf: Art, Life and Vision, 2014 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 10 July 2014 - 26 October 2014), p. 11
Events of 1902back to top
Current affairsPrime Minister Lord Salisbury resigns and is replaced by his nephew, Balfour, who this year introduces the Education Act, which controversially hands control of secondary education from school boards to Local Education Authorities.
Arthur Griffith, leader of the Society of Gaels, introduces a policy of 'Sinn Fein' at a Society meeting in Dublin, which includes passive resistance to the British and the establishment of an Irish ruling council.
Art and scienceJoseph Conrad publishes his short story The Heart of Darkness, a powerful critique of European imperialism. Based on his experiences in Africa, the narrative follows Charles Marlow's journey into the Belgian Congo in search of the mysterious trader Kurtz.
In New York, Alfred Stieglitz founds the Photo-Secession movement, a group of US photographers influenced by the Pictoralist movement, seeking recognition of photography as art in its own terms.
InternationalThe first Aswan Dam is opened on the Nile, at the time the world's largest dam. The gravity dam, 1900m long and 54m high, was designed by Sir William Willcocks and built by engineers including Sir John Aird, whose firm John Aird & Company was the main contractor.
The Boer War ends after the Boers accept their loss of independence under the Treaty of Vereeniging, bringing the Boer republics under British control.
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