by Norman Parkinson
chlorobromide print, late 1930s
7 3/4 in. x 11 1/2 in. (196 mm x 292 mm)
Sitterback to top
- Edward James (1907-1984), Poet, designer and patron of the arts. Sitter in 3 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Norman Parkinson (1913-1990), Photographer. Artist of 242 portraits, Sitter in 13 portraits.
This portraitback to top
This rare early print by leading fashion photographer Norman Parkinson is inscribed by James with a quote from Robert Browning’s poem ‘Rabbi Ben Ezra’: ‘Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be, the last of life for which the first was made.’ Surrounded by smoke it shows the sitter in a dreamlike environment, in a composition that evokes James’s taste for the surreal.
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Events of 1937back to top
Current affairsGeorge VI becomes king. The younger brother of Edward VIII was crowned on the 12th May and the coronation was broadcast to Britain and the Empire on the radio. Edward becomes the Duke of Windsor, although the rank of 'Royal Highness' is not extended to Wallis Simpson.
Neville Chamberlain becomes Prime Minister following Baldwin's retirement.
Art and scienceRoland Penrose organises a tour of Picasso's painting Guernica to the UK. The painting, which shows the horrors of the Spanish Civil War, went on display at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in East London.
A new synthetic fabric is invented and named after New York and London: Nylon.
InternationalCommercial airship travel is brought to an end with the 'Hindenberg Disaster'. The German airship exploded while landing in New Jersey. The radio broadcaster Herbert Morrison's reaction has become legendary: 'Oh, the humanity!'
Japan invades China, killing about 25,000. Japanese Troops committed numerous atrocities against soldiers and civilians in what became known as the 'Rape of Nanking'.