'Luncheon Party at the House of Commons'
© National Portrait Gallery, London
'Luncheon Party at the House of Commons'
by Roland Parker Stone, for Benjamin Stone
platinum print, 29 June 1909
6 1/8 in. x 8 in. (154 mm x 202 mm) image size
Given by House of Commons Library, 1974
Artistsback to top
- Sir (John) Benjamin Stone (1838-1914), Politician and photographer. Artist or producer associated with 1436 portraits, Sitter in 28 portraits. Identify
- Roland Parker Stone (1876-1924), Manufacturer; son of Sir (John) Benjamin Stone. Artist or producer associated with 4 portraits, Sitter in 6 portraits.
Sittersback to top
- Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour (1848-1930), Prime Minister and philosopher. Sitter in 139 portraits. Identify
- James Blyth, 1st Baron Blyth (1841-1925), Agriculturalist and businessman; Patron of numerous public bodies; Advocate of cheap postage. Sitter in 13 portraits. Identify
- Percy John Daniell (1889-1946), Professor of Mathematics. Sitter in 3 portraits. Identify
- Sir Frederick Dixon Dixon-Hartland, 1st Bt (1832-1909), Politician; MP for Evesham and Uxbridge. Sitter in 16 portraits. Identify
- Sir Alfred Edward East (1844-1913), Painter and etcher. Sitter in 19 portraits. Identify
- Li Ching Fong, Chinese minister. Sitter in 2 portraits. Identify
- Sir John Henniker Heaton, 1st Bt (1848-1914), Politician and postal reformer. Sitter in 33 portraits. Identify
- Robert Henry Holden (born 1856), Currier, leather merchant and Justice of the Peace; son-in-law of Sir (John) Benjamin Stone. Sitter in 7 portraits. Identify
- Charles Holme (1848-1923), Magazine editor. Sitter associated with 7 portraits. Identify
- Sir William Henry St John Hope (1854-1919), Antiquary. Sitter in 4 portraits. Identify
- Victor Albert George Child-Villiers, 7th Earl of Jersey (1845-1915), Colonial governor. Sitter in 11 portraits. Identify
- Sir John Scott Keltie (1840-1927), Geographer. Sitter in 3 portraits. Identify
- Dan McKenzie. Sitter in 9 portraits. Identify
- Raphael Meldola (1849-1915), Chemist. Sitter in 7 portraits. Identify
- Sir Edward Ebenezer Parkes (1848-1919), Politician, magistrate and ironmaster. Sitter in 6 portraits. Identify
- Sir Edwin Pears (1835-1919), Barrister, publicist and historian. Sitter in 5 portraits. Identify
- Sir John Scurrah Randles (1857-1945), Politician and ironmaster. Sitter in 7 portraits. Identify
- Sir George Renwick, 1st Bt (1850-1931), Politician and shipowner. Sitter in 18 portraits. Identify
- Sir Alfred Farthing Robbins (1856-1931), Journalist and author. Sitter associated with 14 portraits. Identify
- Sir (Emil Hugo Oscar) Robert Ropner, 1st Bt (1838-1924), Politician, army officer, shipbuilder and shipowner. Sitter in 5 portraits. Identify
- Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton (1874-1922), Antarctic explorer. Sitter in 17 portraits. Identify
- Sir James Dods Shaw (1848-1916), Parliamentary reporter, newspaper editor and writer. Sitter in 11 portraits. Identify
- Sir Isidore Spielmann (1854-1925), Art expert. Sitter in 2 portraits. Identify
- (Frederick) Primrose Stevenson (1867-1935), Political press correspondent. Sitter in 8 portraits. Identify
- Sir (John) Benjamin Stone (1838-1914), Politician and photographer. Sitter in 28 portraits, Artist or producer associated with 1436 portraits. Identify
- Sir Arthur James Richens Trendell (1836-1909), Barrister and civil servant. Sitter in 4 portraits. Identify
- Sir Aston Webb (1849-1930), Architect and President of the Royal Academy. Sitter in 16 portraits. Identify
Placesback to top
- Place made and portrayed: United Kingdom: England, London (Terrace, Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London)
Subjects & Themesback to top
Events of 1909back to top
Current affairsThe American retailer Harry Gordon Selfridge opens the first British custom-built department store on what was then the 'dead end' of Oxford Street. The revolutionary complex, considered the world's largest at the time, transforms shopping, offering diverse amenities including a post office and a library, and modernises the visual face of retailing through innovative window displays.
Art and scienceThe Frenchman Louis Bleriot becomes the first person to cross the English channel by aeroplane, winning the £1,000 prize offered by the Daily Mail, and greeted by cheering crowds at Dover station. Bleriot's flight also showed that England was, as H.G. Wells put it, from a military point of view 'no longer an inaccessible island'.
In dance, Alexandre Benois becomes the first artistic director of Sergey Diaghilev's innovative Ballets Russes.
InternationalThe National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), is founded in America to campaign for the rights of African Americans. One of the oldest and most influential civil rights movements, it was founded by a diverse group of individuals from mixed backgrounds, including W.E.B. Du Bois, Ida Wells-Barnett, Henry Moscowitz and William English Walling.
The Selig Polyscope company sets up the first film studio in Los Angeles.
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