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May Belfort (May Egan); Florence Jane (née Théleur), Lady Alexander; Miss C. Granville; Hilda Coral

May Belfort (May Egan); Florence Jane (née Théleur), Lady Alexander; Miss C. Granville; Hilda Coral, by and after Alexander Bassano, circa 1902 - NPG Ax136817 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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May Belfort (May Egan); Florence Jane (née Théleur), Lady Alexander; Miss C. Granville; Hilda Coral

by and after Alexander Bassano
bromide print, circa 1902
7 1/8 in. x 9 3/8 in. (180 mm x 237 mm) image size
Photographs Collection
NPG Ax136817

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  • Alexander Bassano (1829-1913), Photographer. Artist associated with 2806 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.

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Current affairs

Prime Minister Lord Salisbury resigns and is replaced by his nephew, Balfour, who this year introduces the Education Act, which controversially hands control of secondary education from school boards to Local Education Authorities.
Arthur Griffith, leader of the Society of Gaels, introduces a policy of 'Sinn Fein' at a Society meeting in Dublin, which includes passive resistance to the British and the establishment of an Irish ruling council.

Art and science

Joseph Conrad publishes his short story The Heart of Darkness, a powerful critique of European imperialism. Based on his experiences in Africa, the narrative follows Charles Marlow's journey into the Belgian Congo in search of the mysterious trader Kurtz.
In New York, Alfred Stieglitz founds the Photo-Secession movement, a group of US photographers influenced by the Pictoralist movement, seeking recognition of photography as art in its own terms.


The first Aswan Dam is opened on the Nile, at the time the world's largest dam. The gravity dam, 1900m long and 54m high, was designed by Sir William Willcocks and built by engineers including Sir John Aird, whose firm John Aird & Company was the main contractor.
The Boer War ends after the Boers accept their loss of independence under the Treaty of Vereeniging, bringing the Boer republics under British control.

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alan black

14 February 2018, 12:22

I have now found the U.S.A reports of May Belfort's death in 1929 and they give her birth date as 1873 which I think must be correct as she was in a production of East Lynne in 1889. My apologies. Please change the date of birth I gave, which came from a travel document, not so reliable as the death announcement. I don't like to give faulty dates.

alan black

21 January 2018, 20:26

May Belfort was the subject of several studies by Toulouse Lautrec. She was an Irish singer who introduced the song Daddy Wouldn't Buy me a Bow Wow to Parisian cabaret in the 1890's. She was born in 1877 or 1879, probably the former, and died in Santa Barbara, California, in 1929.

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