Richard Addinsell

Photograph © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Richard Addinsell

by Clemence Dane
bronze bust, circa 1935
21 1/4 in. x 7 1/8 in. (540 mm x 180 mm) overall
Bequeathed by Margaret Ann Ryan, 2015
Primary Collection
NPG 6993

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During the period in which this portrait was made, the artist and sitter were collaborating on a number of theatrical productions. Their association as playwright and composer had begun in 1929 with Adam’s Opera for the Old Vic in London, followed by original plays and adaptations including Come of Age (1933), Moonlight is Silver, L’Aiglon (both 1934) and The Happy Hypocrite (1936). Addinsell was to find his greatest success in Hollywood after providing a score for Dane’s screenplay, The Amateur Gentleman (1936), starring Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Addinsell and Dane continued to work together in Britain in the 1940s on adaptations of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass (1943 and 1948).

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Current affairs

Stanley Baldwin starts his third term as Prime Minister after Ramsay Macdonald resigns due to ill health. Coincidentally, Baldwin's first term in office also came about when the Prime Minister of the time, Bonar Law, stepped down due to illness in 1923.

Art and science

Robert Watson-Watt demonstrates Radar, showing how an aircraft can be tracked by detecting radio waves reflected off it. During the war, Watson-Watt established a network of machines and operators that helped detect the approach of enemy aircraft in the Battle of Britain.
Penguin publishes its first paperback books, making reading more portable and affordable to a wider audience.


Italy invades Abyssinia. The invasion of the country now known as Ethiopia was part of Mussolini's plan to create an Italian Empire. It was also an attempt to avenge Abyssinia's victory over the Italian army at Adowa in 1896.
Germany introduces conscription, breaking the disarmament clause of the Treaty of Versailles.

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