Maurice Ravel

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Maurice Ravel

by Elsie Gordon
snapshot print, 1928
4 1/8in. x 2 1/2in. (106 mm x 62 mm)
Given by Jonathan Harvey, 1984
Photographs Collection
NPG x20654

Sitterback to top

  • Maurice Ravel (1875-1937), Composer and pianist. Sitter in 3 portraits.

Artistback to top

  • Elsie Gordon (active 1920s), Artist. Artist or producer of 71 portraits.

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Photographed in the year he wrote his most famous work, Boléro (1928), Ravel sits relaxed in a garden during the interwar years.

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Current affairs

The Representation of the People Act 1928 grants women the same rights to vote as men. Building on reform of 1918, this Act lowered the voting age for women from 30 to 21, and removed the ownership of property requirements.

Art and science

Alexander Fleming discovers penicillin. The Scottish scientist's identification of the first antibiotic revolutionised the treatment of infection and is a landmark in medical history. By the Second World War, penicillin was being used to treat wounded soldiers and had a major impact on survival rates of those with infected wounds.


Stalin announces the Soviet Union's first Five-Year plan of economic development. Based on Lenin's New Economic Policy, the Five-Year Plans aimed to expand the country's economy through rapid centralised industrialisation.

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