by Ronald Moody
bronze head, 1997, based on a work of 1946
16 in. x 9 in. (405 mm x 230 mm) overall
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- Harold Arundel Moody (1882-1947), Physician; founder of the League of Coloured Peoples. Sitter in 1 portrait.
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Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Moody came to England in 1904 to study medicine and set up a practice in Peckham, South East London. A preacher in the Congregational Church, he held many prominent positions including Chairman of the London Missionary Society. He founded, in 1930, the League of Coloured Peoples, an enterprise which aimed to fight discrimination and seek better opportunities and conditions for students and workers from Africa and the West Indies in England. The sculptor, the sitter's brother, came to England in 1923 to study dentistry. His interest in sculpture was kindled by visiting the Egyptian galleries in the British Museum.
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- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 437
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Current affairsThe new Labour government begins to act upon the recommendations of the Beveridge Report (1942) by nationalising The Bank of England and Imperial Communications, bringing in a National Insurance Bill, and setting plans for the National Health Service. Nationalisation of industry and the provision of free healthcare and welfare were the main aims of post-war domestic politics.
Art and scienceMervyn Peake publishes Titus Groan; the first of his Gormenghast Trilogy. The three novels are regarded as classics of the fantasy genre, although they contain no magic or intelligent non-human characters, so might more appropriately be described as belonging to the 'gothic' or 'fantastic' genre.
InternationalNazi officials are tried for their part in the War and the Holocaust at Nuremberg. The trials were to prosecute war criminals and the location was chosen because it was the site of the annual Nazi rallies, and therefore seen as a fitting place for the demise of the party. The Nuremberg Trials paved the way for post-war developments in international criminal law.
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