'The Imperial War Conference'
6 of 41 portraits of Jan Christian Smuts
'The Imperial War Conference'
possibly by Lafayette, for Topical Press
vintage print, March-April 1917
7 1/2 in. x 9 1/2 in. (189 mm x 241 mm) image size
Given by Terence Pepper, 2011
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- Sir Robert Laird Borden (1854-1937), Prime Minister of Canada. Sitter in 12 portraits.
- Sir (Joseph) Austen Chamberlain (1863-1937), Politician; recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize; son of Joseph Chamberlain. Sitter in 54 portraits.
- Ganga Singh, Maharaja of Bikaner (1880-1943), Indian Ruler and general. Sitter in 10 portraits.
- Sir (John) Douglas Hazen (1860-1937), Barrister and member of the Canadian Parliament. Sitter in 5 portraits.
- Walter Hume Long, 1st Viscount Long of Wraxall (1854-1924), Politician; Secretary of State for the Colonies and First Lord of the Admiralty. Sitter in 27 portraits.
- William Ferguson Massey (1856-1925), Prime Minister of New Zealand; plenipotentiary at the 1919 Peace Conference. Sitter in 15 portraits.
- James Scorgie Meston, 1st Baron Meston (1865-1943), Indian civil servant and man of affairs. Sitter in 7 portraits.
- Edward Patrick Morris, 1st Baron Morris (1859-1935), Premier of Newfoundland. Sitter in 9 portraits.
- Sir George Halsey Perley (1857-1938), Secretary of State of Canada. Sitter in 7 portraits.
- Satyendra Prasanno Sinha, 1st Baron Sinha of Raipur (1863-1928), Indian statesman. Sitter in 14 portraits.
- Jan Christian Smuts (1870-1950), Prime Minister of South Africa, Field Marshal and writer on evolution. Sitter in 41 portraits.
- Sir Joseph George Ward, 1st Bt (1856-1930), Prime Minister of New Zealand and entrepreneur. Sitter in 19 portraits.
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Current affairsKing George V changes his name from 'Saxe-Coburg' to 'Windsor.' Amid wartime anti-German public sentiment the British Royal Family decided to relinquish their German name and titles. The name 'Windsor' was chosen as variation on ''Wettin', the late Prince Albert's personal surname.
Art and scienceThe National Photographic Record is established at the instigation of the photographer Walter Stoneman to commission photographs of 'distinguished living contemporaries of British nationality.' This project allowed the National Portrait Gallery to circumvent its own rule that portraits could not enter the collection until the sitter had been dead ten years.
InternationalThe Russian Revolution begins with the February Revolution and the abdication of Tsar Nicholas II. Seven months later the Bolsheviks led by Vladimir Lenin seize power in the October Revolution forming the Soviet Communist Government, which lasted until 1991. The USA abandons its neutrality and joins the war against Germany following a series of attacks on American passenger and merchant ships.
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