1 portrait matching 'npg 6165'
by Ronald Ossory Dunlop
oil on canvas, circa 1930
29 7/8 in. x 20 in. (760 mm x 507 mm)
Given by the sitter's sister, Myra Verney, 1992
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- 100 Fashion Icons, p. 92 Read entry
Harriet Cohen was a well-known pianist. Although particularly associated with J.S. Bach's music, Cohen performed a wide repertoire of classic as well as contemporary music. Constant Lambert, among others, wrote for her, and Sir Arnold Bax, a close friend, composed Concertante for Orchestra with Pianoforte Solo (Left Hand) for her after she lost the use of her right hand in 1948. In this painting by Ronald Ossory Dunlop (1894–1973), Cohen wears a low-neck and sleeveless dress – the kind of evening attire that she wore when giving recitals. Her hair is tied back in a bun or chignon fashionable at the time.
- Ribeiro, Aileen, The Gallery of Fashion, 2000, p. 220
- Ribeiro, Aileen; Blackman, Cally, A Portrait of Fashion: Six Centuries of Dress at the National Portrait Gallery, 2015, p. 224
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 134
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Current affairsAmy Johnson is the first woman to fly solo to Australia. She flew the 11,000 miles from Croydon to Darwin in a De Havilland Gipsy Moth named Jason and won the Harmon Trophy as well as a CBE for her achievement. She went on to break a number of other flying records, and died while serving in the Air Transport Auxiliary in 1941.
Art and scienceNoel Coward's play, Private Lives is first performed. The original run starred Gertrude Lawrence and Laurence Olivier as well as Coward himself. Private Lives became Coward's most enduringly successful play.
InternationalGandhi leads the Salt March. The march to the coast was a direct protest against the British monopoly on the sale of salt and inspired hordes of Indians to follow him and adopt his methods of Satyagraha (non-violent resistance to the British rule of India).
Stalin orders the 'liquidation of the kulaks (wealthy farmers) as a class' in a violent attempt to centralise control of agriculture and collectivise farming.
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