by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 1924
6 1/4 in. x 4 1/2 in. (160 mm x 114 mm) image size
Sitterback to top
- (Joseph) Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), Writer and poet. Sitter associated with 40 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Walter Stoneman (1876-1958), Photographer. Artist associated with 18527 portraits, Sitter in 8 portraits.
Linked publicationsback to top
- 100 Photographs, 2018, p. 9 Read entry
Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) was born in Bombay (now Mumbai), educated in England but returned to India and worked for Civil and Military Gazette in Lahore. His many publications include Plain Tales from the Hills (1888), The Jungle Book (1894) and Kim (1901). Later in life Kipling settled in Sussex, where he drew inspiration for fantasy books such as Puck of Pook’s Hill (1906) and Rewards and Fairies (1910). The National Photographic Record began in 1917, during the First World War, at the instigation of Walter Stoneman (1876-1958), the chief photographer for the long-established firm of Russell & Sons. The Record was set up to photograph every eminent British person. The portraits were mostly
formulaic, half-length studio portraits, intended for reference purposes rather than display.
Events of 1924back to top
Current affairsAfter narrowly winning the general election the previous year, Stanley Baldwin calls a vote of confidence at the opening of the new session of Parliament and is defeated. George V invited James Ramsay Macdonald to form a minority Labour government, making him the first Labour Prime Minister.
Art and scienceEric Liddell wins the gold medal at the Olympic games, breaking the record for running the 400 metres in 47.6 seconds. The distance was not in fact his strongest event, but he refused to run the 100 metres because the heats were held on the Sabbath. His story is told in the 1981 film Chariots of Fire.
InternationalAfter three strokes and several years of illness Lenin dies. Three days later the city of Petrograd is renamed Leningrad in his honour. On coming to power Stalin began the policy of 'socialism in one country' abandoning the traditional hope for international proletarian revolution in order to strengthen Russia internally and independently.
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