by Clara Ewald
oil on canvas, early 1930s
43 1/4 in. x 39 3/8 in. (1100 mm x 1000 mm) overall
Given by Frank Schweitzer, 2014
Sitterback to top
- Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965), Physician, musician and philosopher. Sitter associated with 1 portrait.
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Ewald based this portrait on sketches made at the mission hospital Schweitzer founded in Lambaréné (present-day Gabon). The sitter is shown in shirt-sleeves, as though at work. The landscape background depicts the hospital’s rainforest setting on the River Ogooue.
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Events of 1930back to top
Current affairsAmy Johnson is the first woman to fly solo to Australia. She flew the 11,000 miles from Croydon to Darwin in a De Havilland Gipsy Moth named Jason and won the Harmon Trophy as well as a CBE for her achievement. She went on to break a number of other flying records, and died while serving in the Air Transport Auxiliary in 1941.
Art and scienceNoel Coward's play, Private Lives is first performed. The original run starred Gertrude Lawrence and Laurence Olivier as well as Coward himself. Private Lives became Coward's most enduringly successful play.
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