Dame Ethel Walker
Dame Ethel Walker
by Humphrey Spender
vintage bromide print, 1938
7 1/8 in. x 4 3/4 in. (180 mm x 120 mm)
Sitterback to top
- Dame Ethel Walker (1861-1951), Painter and sculptor. Sitter in 2 portraits, Artist of 2 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Humphrey Spender (1910-2005), Photographer, artist and designer. Artist of 15 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Spender recalls going to photograph Walker and spending twelve hours absorbed by her personality and by her art. This portrait is a variant pose of the image chosen and published in Picture Post for a story on London's Bohemia.
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- In Close Up: Humphrey Spender (14 September 2002 - 14 March 2003)
Events of 1938back to top
Current affairsBritain pursues its policy of appeasement. At the Munich Agreement, Britain, France and Italy agreed to allow Hitler to seize the Sudetenland area of Czechoslovakia. The agreement was seen at the time as a triumph for peace, with Neville Chamberlain returning home brandishing the paper agreement and saying 'peace for our time.' Within six months Germany had occupied the rest of Czechoslovakia.
Art and scienceGraham Greene publishes Brighton Rock. The novel follows the descent of Pinky, a teenage gang leader in Brighton's criminal underworld. The book examines the criminal mind and explores the themes of morality and sin - recurrent concerns for the Roman Catholic Author.
Glasgow hosts the Empire Exhibition; an £11 million celebration of the British Empire visited by 13 million people.
InternationalIn its pursuit of 'Lebensraum' (living space), Germany annexes Austria and parts of Czechoslovakia with little opposition from the League of Nations. At home, the Nazis continued their escalating persecution of the Jews with 'Kristallnach' (the Night of Broken Glass), attacking Jewish homes, shops, businesses and synagogues, and taking Jewish men to concentration camps.
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