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by Oriel Ross
pen and ink, circa 1928-1931
On display at The Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
- Oriel Ross (1907-1994), Actress. Sitter in 1 portrait, Artist of 7 portraits.
- Oriel Ross (1907-1994), Actress. Artist of 7 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
In Who's Who in the Theatre, Ross gave her recreation as 'drawing'. Many of her sitters were fellow thespians, friends in the theatre world and artists, and her drawings of them seem to be posed in the Green Room waiting to go on, some with a book in hand, some with a glass. All are done in a spontaneous, nervous line, a line not unlike that of Jean Cocteau.
The Representation of the People Act 1928 grants women the same rights to vote as men. Building on reform of 1918, this Act lowered the voting age for women from 30 to 21, and removed the ownership of property requirements.
Art and science
Alexander Fleming discovers penicillin. The Scottish scientist's identification of the first antibiotic revolutionised the treatment of infection and is a landmark in medical history. By the Second World War, penicillin was being used to treat wounded soldiers and had a major impact on survival rates of those with infected wounds.
Stalin announces the Soviet Union's first Five-Year plan of economic development. Based on Lenin's New Economic Policy, the Five-Year Plans aimed to expand the country's economy through rapid centralised industrialisation.