by Edward Burra
23 in. x 16 5/8 in. (584 mm x 422 mm)
Artistback to top
- Edward John Burra (1905-1976), Painter. Artist of 3 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.
This portraitback to top
The drawing is from a series of illustrations commissioned in 1932 by Dennis Cohen of the Cresset Press for The ABC of the Theatre, a slim volume of doggerel by the Italian-born poet Humbert Wolfe. Wolfe's lines for each of these drawings are reproduced on the caption. 'G is Galsworthy. We could do after all with a little less worth and rather more gall.'
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 236
Events of 1932back to top
Current affairsSir Oswald Mosley forms the British Union of Fascists. Mosley's party - nicknamed the Black Shirts after their uniform - was founded along the lines of Mussolini's Fascist Party in Italy and called for the replacement of parliamentary democracy with a system of elected executives. During the war Mosley was interned and the BUF was proscribed.
Art and scienceJohn Cockcroft and Ernest Walton 'split the atom'. In fact, Cockcroft and Walton's achievement was to change the nucleus of one element into another by bombarding it with protons, rather than to literally spit an atom apart. Nevertheless 'splitting the atom' has become the popular way of describing this important stage in the development of nuclear technology.
InternationalSaudi Arabia is formed by the unification of the Kingdoms of Hijaz and Nejd under King Abdul Aziz.
Iraq is granted independence from the British mandate established by the League of Nations in 1919-20.