9 of 22 portraits by Carl Van Vechten
by Carl Van Vechten
cream-toned bromide print, 26 May 1934
4 5/8 in. x 6 5/8 in. (116 mm x 169 mm) image size
Given by the sitter's grandson, Jonathan Charles Hope, 3rd Baron Glendevon, 2012
Sitterback to top
- William ('W.') Somerset Maugham (1874-1965), Novelist, playwright and spy. Sitter associated with 114 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Carl Van Vechten (1880-1964), Critic, novelist and photographer. Artist of 22 portraits.
Events of 1934back to top
Current affairsSir Stafford Cripps represents the miners of Gresford Colliery in Wrexham at an inquiry into the recent gas explosion and fire which killed 263 miners, and three rescue workers in one of the worst mining disasters in British history.
Art and sciencePercy Shaw invents 'Cat's eyes'. The development of road reflectors increased safety on the roads at night and proved to be particularly useful during the wartime blackout. They are still used today.
Dylan Thomas published his first volume of poetry, 18 Poems.
InternationalStalin and Hitler consolidate dictatorial power by 'purging' their opponents. In the Soviet Union, members of the Communist Party and particular sectors of society such as the intelligentsia were targeted in the 'Great Purge', while in Germany Hitler murdered hundreds of potential opponents in the SA during the 'Night of the Long Knives'.
Thousands in the USA are forced to flee their homes to escape the Dust Bowl storms.
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