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Iris Tree; Augustus John

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Iris Tree; Augustus John, by Pacific & Atlantic Photos Ltd, 1925 - NPG x135064 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Iris Tree; Augustus John

by Pacific & Atlantic Photos Ltd
bromide press print, 1925
5 1/2 in. x 7 1/2 in. (139 mm x 190 mm) image size
Given by Terence Pepper, 2011
Photographs Collection
NPG x135064

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  • Augustus Edwin John (1878-1961), Painter. Sitter in 103 portraits, Artist associated with 33 portraits.
  • Iris Tree (1897-1968), Poet, actress and painter; daughter of Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree. Sitter in 6 portraits.

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This press photograph is captioned on the reverse: 'Mr Augustus John wishing good luck to new nun, Miss Iris Tree on the boat train at Waterloo Station this morning.' The poet and actress Iris Tree was a model and muse to a number of artists. She was one of the many female visitors that Dorelia tolerated at Aldernay Manor in Dorset, John's country home from 1911 to 1927. In 1925 she took the roll of the Nun opposite Lady Diana Cooper as the Madonna in the spectacularly successful mime play The Miracle. This photograph was taken as the cast departed for a tour of America.

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Current affairs

On the advice of the Governor of the Bank of England, Montagu Norman, Winston Churchill returns British currency to the Gold Standard. This caused deflation across the empire as the value of the pound returned to the pre-war gold price, leading to unemployment, the miners' strike and the general strike in 1926.

Art and science

John Logie Baird transmits the first television images of a ventriloquist's dummy. The BBC used Logie Baird's invention from 1927 until 1935 when they adopted EMI-Marconi's superior electronic scanning system.
Virginia Woolf publishes her innovative 'stream of consciousness' novel, Mrs Dalloway, which chronicles a day in the life of the protagonist through her interior monologue.


Sir Joseph Austen Chamberlain, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs represents Britain at the Locarno Treaties. Lorcano secured the post-war territorial settlement and established pledges of non-aggression between various European Nations. The 'spirit of Locarno' helped secure Germany's admission into the League of Nations in 1926. Chamberlain was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his part in the peace agreement.

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