by Argent Archer
carbon print, circa 1915
7 7/8 in. x 11 1/4 in. (200 mm x 286 mm)
Sitterback to top
- Albert Ball (1896-1917), Fighter-pilot; recipient of the Victoria Cross. Sitter in 2 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Ball is seen here driving an Oldsmobile in London. The image is autographed by the sitter.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 31
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- For Valour: Recipients of the Victoria Cross 1914-1918 (4 November 2017 - 24 June 2018)
Subjects & Themesback to top
Events of 1915back to top
Current affairsThe Times Newspaper reports that Britain's Army is suffering from a lack of Ammunition Shells, pointing the finger of blame at the Liberal government. The Shell Scandal forced Asquith to form a new coalition government, bringing Conservatives into the cabinet and demonstrating the need to gear the whole country's economy towards the war effort.
Art and scienceAs the threat from aerial attack increased, the decision was made to protect the national art collections by storing them in basements or in locations outside London. On 15th October the National Portrait Gallery under the directorship of Sir Charles John Holmes closed its doors to the public and removed paintings from the walls.
InternationalStalemate ensues on the Western Front and trench warfare begins as both sides take up defensive positions. While offensive strategies become futile, serious loss of life occurs with the first deployment of tanks and the use of poison gas.
Albert Einstein publishes his General Theory of Relativity, a model of gravitation and cosmology.