17 of 24 portraits by John Somerset Murray
by John Somerset Murray
gelatin printing-out paper print, 1934
6 1/8 in. x 4 3/8 in. (157 mm x 112 mm)
Given by John Somerset Murray, 1980
Sitterback to top
- Winifred Casson (1908-1969), Photographer. Sitter in 3 portraits, Artist of 1 portrait.
Artistback to top
- John Somerset Murray (1904-1992), Photographer and inventor. Artist of 24 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
This portraitback to top
A self-taught photographer, Casson worked as a portrait and advertising photographer. In the 1930s she had a studio in Chelsea, London and collaborated with John Somerset Murray. Casson and Murray shared equipment and skills and exhibited together at the Chelsea Arts Club in 1935. She contributed to journals including Photographie and the Photography Year Book. She is particularly known for her Surrealist photographs including her double-exposure work Accident.
Events of 1934back to top
Current affairsSir Stafford Cripps represents the miners of Gresford Colliery in Wrexham at an inquiry into the recent gas explosion and fire which killed 263 miners, and three rescue workers in one of the worst mining disasters in British history.
Art and sciencePercy Shaw invents 'Cat's eyes'. The development of road reflectors increased safety on the roads at night and proved to be particularly useful during the wartime blackout. They are still used today.
Dylan Thomas published his first volume of poetry, 18 Poems.
InternationalStalin and Hitler consolidate dictatorial power by 'purging' their opponents. In the Soviet Union, members of the Communist Party and particular sectors of society such as the intelligentsia were targeted in the 'Great Purge', while in Germany Hitler murdered hundreds of potential opponents in the SA during the 'Night of the Long Knives'.
Thousands in the USA are forced to flee their homes to escape the Dust Bowl storms.
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