18 of 19 portraits of Vanessa Bell
© reserved; collection National Portrait Gallery, London
by Helen Morris (née Souter)
postcard print, June 1931
4 5/8 in. x 3 in. (116 mm x 76 mm) overall
Given by Peter Stansky, 2012
Sitterback to top
- Vanessa Bell (née Stephen) (1879-1961), Painter; sister of Virginia Woolf. Sitter in 19 portraits, Artist associated with 14 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Helen Morris (née Souter) (active 1930s-1960s), Writer and Head of English, Homerton College of Education; wife of History professor Christopher Morris. Artist of 2 portraits.
Placesback to top
- Place made and portrayed: United Kingdom: England, Sussex (garden, Charleston, Firle, Lewes, East Sussex)
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- The Bloomsbury Poet & The Cambridge Photographer: Julian Bell & Lettice Ramsey (17 September 2012 - 21 April 2013)
Events of 1931back to top
Current affairsSailors at the Invergordon naval base mutiny in response to pay cuts. The cuts of up to 25% were part of the government's attempt to deal with the Great Depression by reducing public spending. Sailors protested by holding meetings and refusing orders.
Dr Harold Moody founds the League of Coloured Peoples, lobbying for equal rights for black people in Britain and for international civil rights.
Art and scienceThe modern tube map is introduced. Harry Beck's design was unique in following the properties of a circuit diagram rather than the geographical location of the stations.
The Vic-Wells Ballet company is founded by Dame Ninette de Valois and housed by Lilian Baylis at Sadler's Wells Theatre. It was granted a Royal Charter in 1957 and became the Royal Ballet.
InternationalThe Second Spanish Republic is established. Following an election dominated by the Republicans, King Alfonso XIII abdicated and a new constitution was drawn up.
The Statute of Westminster grants legislative equality to the self-governing Dominions of the British Empire. The Statue decreed that the British Government could no longer make ordinary law for the dominions unless it was at their request and with their consent.