by Sir Hubert von Herkomer
oil on canvas, 1908
61 1/8 in. x 39 1/4 in. (1552 mm x 997 mm)
Given by the sitter's daughter, Dame Miriam Louisa Rothschild, 2004
Sitterback to top
- Nathaniel Charles Rothschild (1877-1923), Banker and entomologist. Sitter in 2 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Sir Hubert von Herkomer (1849-1914), Painter and illustrator. Artist associated with 49 portraits, Sitter in 11 portraits.
Events of 1908back to top
Current affairsHenry Asquith replaces Henry Campbell-Bannerman as Liberal leader and Prime Minister, with David Lloyd George taking control of the Exchequer. Asquith and Lloyd George embark on a bold programme of social reform, laying the foundations of the Welfare State, introducing government pensions this year and later a system of National Insurance.
The first aeroplane for the British army is built by the American, Samuel Cody.
Art and scienceE.M. Forster's novel A Room with a View is published, following the experiences of a young woman, Lucy Honeychurch, in the repressed culture of Edwardian England.
The French art critic Louis Vauxcelles first uses the term 'cubism' to refer to a landscape painting by Georges Braque.
InternationalKing Carlos of Portugal and his heir, Prince Luis Filipe, are killed by assassins from the Republican trying to provoke a revolution. Carlos I, unpopular because of his extravagant lifestyle and extramarital affairs, was succeeded by his younger son, Manuel, the last monarch of the Braganza dynasty.
Following the death of the Guangxu Emperor in China, his two year old nephew replaces him, becoming the the last Manchu emperor of China.