Tom Harnett Harrisson
Tom Harnett Harrisson
by Humphrey Spender
modern archival bromide print, 1937
9 1/2 in. x 13 7/8 in. (242 mm x 353 mm)
Sitterback to top
- Tom Harnett Harrisson (1911-1976), Traveller, explorer and scholar; co-founder of the Mass-Observation social survey project. Sitter in 15 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 was Mass Observation's documentary photographer and made the portrait of Tom Harrisson at the derelict house at 85 Davenport Street, Bolton that served as their headquarters.
Placesback to top
- Place made and portrayed: United Kingdom: England, Greater Manchester (85 Davenport Street, Bolton, Greater Manchester)
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- In Close Up: Humphrey Spender (14 September 2002 - 14 March 2003)
Events of 1937back to top
Current affairsGeorge VI becomes king. The younger brother of Edward VIII was crowned on the 12th May and the coronation was broadcast to Britain and the Empire on the radio. Edward becomes the Duke of Windsor, although the rank of 'Royal Highness' is not extended to Wallis Simpson.
Neville Chamberlain becomes Prime Minister following Baldwin's retirement.
Art and scienceRoland Penrose organises a tour of Picasso's painting Guernica to the UK. The painting, which shows the horrors of the Spanish Civil War, went on display at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in East London
InternationalCommercial airship travel is brought to an end with the 'Hindenberg Disaster'. The German airship exploded while landing in New Jersey. The radio broadcaster Herbert Morrison's reaction has become legendary: 'Oh, the humanity!'
Japan invades China, killing about 25,000. Japanese Troops committed numerous atrocities against soldiers and civilians in what became known as the 'Rape of Nanking'.
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