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Winifred Anna (née Dallas-Yorke), Duchess of Portland

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Winifred Anna (née Dallas-Yorke), Duchess of Portland

by Bassano Ltd, after John Singer Sargent
photogravure, published 1909
8 3/4 in. x 5 7/8 in. (222 mm x 150 mm) paper size
Purchased, 1975
Photographs Collection
NPG Ax161373

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  • Bassano Ltd (active 1901-1962), Photographers. Artist or producer associated with 42746 portraits.
  • John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), Portrait and landscape painter and muralist. Artist or producer associated with 72 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.

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Current affairs

The 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 science

The 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.

International

The 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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Tracey Woods - Communications and Fundraising Manager HSA

29 January 2016, 10:51

The Duchess of Portland was also the first (and longest-serving) President of the Humane Slaughter Association from its inception in 1911 until her death in 1954.