Thomas Hardy

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Thomas Hardy

by Olive Edis
whole-plate autochrome, 1914
Bequeathed by Olive Edis, 1956
Photographs Collection
NPG x7186

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  • Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), Novelist and poet. Sitter in 60 portraits.

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This portrait sitting coincided with the publication of Poems of 1912–13, regarded as Hardy's finest work in verse, which was inspired by memories of his first wife Emma, who had died in 1912.

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Current affairs

Following Germany's declaration of war on France and invasion of Belgium, Herbert Henry Asquith, the British Prime Minister, declares war on the German Empire on August 4, 1914. The popular belief that the conflict would be 'over by Christmas' was soon found to be a bitter underestimate of the scale of the war.

Art and science

The fist issue of the periodical Blast is published by Wyndham Lewis, announcing the advent of Vorticism. This movement, named by Ezra Pound and taking in art and poetry, combined the vitality and dynamism of Italian Futurism with the geometric structure of Cubism. Vorticism was a direct challenge to the perceived quaint and domestic style of the Bloomsbury group and Roger Fry's Omega Workshop.

International

On June 28th 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria is assassinated in Sarajevo leading to Austria's declaration of war against Serbia and triggering the First World War. Germany declared war on Serbia's ally, Russia, and then marched on France via Belgium. Soon all of Europe and most of the world was embroiled in total war.

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