Called Colonel G.E. Armstrong

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Called Colonel G.E. Armstrong

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 1917
6 1/8 in. x 4 1/2 in. (155 mm x 115 mm)
Commissioned, 1917
Photographs Collection
NPG x163662

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  • Walter Stoneman (1876-1958), Photographer. Artist or producer associated with 18527 portraits, Sitter in 8 portraits.

Events of 1917back to top

Current affairs

King George V changes his name from 'Saxe-Coburg' to 'Windsor.' Amid wartime anti-German public sentiment the British Royal Family decided to relinquish their German name and titles. The name 'Windsor' was chosen as variation on ''Wettin', the late Prince Albert's personal surname.

Art and science

The National Photographic Record is established at the instigation of the photographer Walter Stoneman to commission photographs of 'distinguished living contemporaries of British nationality.' This project allowed the National Portrait Gallery to circumvent its own rule that portraits could not enter the collection until the sitter had been dead ten years.

International

The Russian Revolution begins with the February Revolution and the abdication of Tsar Nicholas II. Seven months later the Bolsheviks led by Vladimir Lenin seize power in the October Revolution forming the Soviet Communist Government, which lasted until 1991. The USA abandons its neutrality and joins the war against Germany following a series of attacks on American passenger and merchant ships.

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David Parson

20 September 2016, 11:24

I very much doubt that this is a portrait of Sir George Elliot Armstrong. Sir George was a distinguished naval officer (Founder of the Castaways Club) and was never a Colonel in the army.