by James Craig Annan
sepia platinotype, 1912
5 1/2 in. x 4 in. (139 mm x 101 mm)
Purchased with help from the Dame Helen Gardner Bequest, 2007
Sitterback to top
- Gilbert Keith ('G.K.') Chesterton (1874-1936), Poet, novelist and critic. Sitter in 75 portraits.
Artistback to top
- James Craig Annan (1864-1946), Photographer. Artist associated with 23 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
Events of 1912back to top
Current affairsThe Royal Flying Corps is established. During the Great War, planes and balloons were used mainly for reconnaissance and observation before technological advances made them fast enough and manoeuvrable enough to attack enemy positions and fight in the air. Arthur (Bomber) Harris won distinction as a pilot destroying five enemy aircraft in the war. In the Second World War he became Marshal of the Royal Air Force.
Art and scienceGeorge Bernard Shaw writes Pygmalion.
Charles Babbage's invents the Analytic Machine. Considered to be the forerunner to the modern computer, the machine was able to make automatic mathematical calculations.
InternationalScott leads the British Expedition to the South Pole reaching it in January 1912 only to discover that the rival Norwegian party had beaten them by a month. All members of Scott's team perished on the return journey. Captain Oates' famous last words were immortalised in Scott's diary: 'I am just going outside and may be some time.'
The 'unsinkable' Titanic strikes an iceberg and goes down on its maiden journey between Southampton and New York.
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