by Alvin Langdon Coburn, published by Duckworth & Co
collotype, 11 March 1916, published 1922
8 in. x 6 1/8 in. (204 mm x 157 mm) image size
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This photograph was published in Coburn's album of portraits, More Men of Mark in which the photographer wrote; 'Who better than Conrad is able to paint the sea, with word pictures, in all the glory of its many-coloured moods? His the eyes that pierce you through, and then, perhaps realising that he has seen too much, politely looks beyond into the realms of vision, where he is so much at home.'
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Current affairsAs war drags on with heavy losses conscription is introduced with the Military Service Act. Conscientious objectors who refused to fight were compelled to do non-military war work, and some were jailed.
British Summer Time is introduced, putting the clocks forward an hour during the summer in order to capitalise on daylight hours.
Art and scienceC. Hubert H. Parry sets William Blake's poem, Jerusalem, to music popularising the poem and tune as a patriotic English anthem. On hearing Edward Elgar's orchestrated version in 1922, King George V suggested that it replace God Save the King as the National Anthem.
InternationalThe Irish Citizen Army starts a Nationalist rebellion in Dublin: The Easter Rising.
Massive losses are suffered on the Western Front at the battles of the Somme and Verdun.
The Arab revolt against the Ottoman Empire (1916-18) led by Prince Faisal is assisted by T.E. Lawrence, who became known as Lawrence of Arabia.