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Sir Charles Cheers Wakefield

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Sir Charles Cheers Wakefield

by Fred Roe
pencil, 1926
8 1/8 in. x 11 3/8 in. (207 mm x 292 mm)
Given by Frederic Gordon Roe, 1968
Reference Collection
NPG D6668

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  • Fred Roe (1864-1947), Artist. Artist of 224 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.

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  • NPG D43179a: Sir Charles Cheers Wakefield; Sir Alan John Cobham and eight unknown sitters (based on same portrait)
  • NPG D43179b: Sir Charles Cheers Wakefield; Sir Alan John Cobham and eight unknown others (based on same portrait)

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Current affairs

In response to wage cuts and increased working hours for coal miners recommended by the Samuel Commission, the Trade Union Council calls a General Strike of workers in the key industries. Although over 1.5 million workers took part, the TUC finally gave in after nine days and called off the strike. The Trade Disputes and Trade Union Act of 1927 made it harder for workers to strike.

Art and science

A.A. Milne publishes Winnie-the-Pooh. The series of popular children's books featured the character Christopher Robin (named after Milne's son) and a cast of animals based on his stuffed-toys including Winnie-the-Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Rabbit, Tigger, Kanga and Roo.
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is published. This was Agatha Christie's third 'whodunit' novel featuring Hercule Poirot, the Belgian Detective.

International

The League of Nations accepts Germany as the sixth permanent member on the council deeming it a 'peace-loving country'. This confidence, however, was short lived with Germany leaving the League with the accession of Adolf Hitler to power in 1933.

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Desmond Markus

26 March 2019, 13:25

Appears to be a close up view of the same event featured in NPG D43179a and NPG D43179b, which I believe is the first official luncheon given in honour of (shortly to be Sir) Alan Cobham at the Connaught Rooms on 04/10/1926, following his successful return flight to Australia in a DH.50 floatplane.

The sitters at the table appear to be L-R: Lady Wakefield, Alan Cobham, Sir (later Lord) Charles Cheers Wakefield and Mrs Cobham (who appears to be wearing the same dress shown in Getty Images 530840802).

The man standing in the background also appears to have been present at the Aldwych Club luncheon (also at the Connaught Rooms) given to honour Alan Cobham's successful flight to the Cape earlier that year, and may be a member of the venue staff.

https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/news-photo/the-homecoming-of-cobham-mr-alan-cobham-landed-on-the-news-photo/530840802


http://www.topfoto.co.uk/imageflows2/?s=EU008379

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