Dame Gladys Cooper
Dame Gladys Cooper
by Curtis Moffat
chlorobromide print, 1925
11 1/4 in. x 9 5/8 in. (285 mm x 244 mm)
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Dame Gladys Cooper made her stage debut in 1905 before joining the Gaiety Theatre as a chorus girl. In 1916, she began to act at the Playhouse, a theatre that she was later to manage. This portrait by New York photographer Curtis Moffat was made at the time when Cooper played the title role in Peter Pan; it shows a combination of glamour and informality. Moffat had been an assistant to Man Ray before setting up his own studio in London in 1925 where he produced portraits of notable figures of the day.
Linked publicationsback to top
- 100 Photographs, 2018, p. 59
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 143
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Photography: A Public Art, 1840-1939 (4 November 2017 - 7 October 2018)
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.
InternationalSir Joseph Austen Chamberlain, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs represents Britain at the Locarno Treaties. Lorcano secured the post-war territorial settlement and established pledges of non-aggression between various European Nations. The 'spirit of Locarno' helped secure Germany's admission into the League of Nations in 1926. Chamberlain was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his part in the peace agreement.
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