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Dame Margaret Lloyd George (née Owen); Lady Megan Arfon Lloyd George; David Lloyd George

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Dame Margaret Lloyd George (née Owen); Lady Megan Arfon Lloyd George; David Lloyd George

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 24 November 1910
Purchased, 1996
Photographs Collection
NPG x81054

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  • Bassano Ltd (active 1901-1962), Photographers. Artist associated with 42746 portraits.

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  • Pepper, Terence, High Society: Photographs 1897-1914, 1998 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 30 January to 21 June 1998), p. 34 Read entry

    The Chancellor of the Exchequer, later prime minister then 1st Earl Lloyd-George, is photographed with his wife Margaret and daughter Megan at home in Downing Street. Elected as Liberal MP for Caernarvon Boroughs in 1890, Lloyd George was notorious for opposing the South African war. He served as Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1908 to 1915, and in 1909 introduced his ‘People’s budget’, which contained new taxation proposals. Its rejection by the House of Lords led to the General Election of January 1910. The subsequent Parliament Bill of 1911 curtailed the Lords’ power to veto money bills. Lady Megan Lloyd-George (1902-66) was elected MP for Anglesey in 1929 and also had a long political career.

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Current affairs

George V succeeds Edward VII to the throne.
The Liberals win narrow victories after calling two General Elections following escalating tension between the Liberal administration and the Lords reached crisis point with the Lords' unprecedented rejection of Lloyd George's 1909 budget. The budget included tax reform intended to fund social reform and a rearmament programme, but was seen by the Conservative Lords as an assault on property.

Art and science

The critic and Bloomsbury group member Roger Fry curates a ground-breaking and, at the time, shocking exhibition in London's Grafton Galleries, Manet and the Post-Impressionists. The exhibition introduces the work of contemporary European artists to the London art establishment, including Manet, Cezanne, Gaugin and Van Gogh, and Fry became a champion of modern art, coining the term 'Post-Impressionism'.

International

Japan annexes Korea as a colony, an indication of Japan's ambitious imperialist aims and attempts to control trade and influence in East Asia. Japanese occupation of Korea lasted until 1945, after Japan surrendered to the Allied forces at the end of the Second World War and Korea was divided in two by the United States and the Soviet Union.

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