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Gertrude Stein; Alice B. Toklas

© Cecil Beaton Studio Archive, Sotheby's London

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Gertrude Stein; Alice B. Toklas

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, 1939
7 6/8 in. x 7 5/8 in. (196 mm x 193 mm)
Accepted in lieu of tax by H.M. Government and allocated to the Gallery, 1991
Photographs Collection
NPG x40371

Sittersback to top

  • Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), Writer. Sitter in 7 portraits.
  • Alice B. Toklas (1877-1967), Literary hostess; partner of Gertrude Stein. Sitter in 4 portraits.

Artistback to top

  • Cecil Beaton (1904-1980), Photographer, designer and writer. Artist associated with 1112 portraits, Sitter associated with 361 portraits.

Placesback to top

  • Place made and portrayed: France (Palais Idéal, Hautrives, Provence, France)

Events of 1939back to top

Current affairs

Britain goes to war. The German invasion of Poland demonstrated that the policy of appeasement had failed. After refusing to meet Britain's ultimatum to withdraw troops, Britain and France declared war on Germany. The Second World War had begun.

Art and science

The Sutton Hoo burial ship is discovered. Apparently following a dream, Mrs Pretty invited the archaeologist Basil Brown to investigate a series of burial mounds on her estate on the banks of the river Deben in Suffolk. The excavation revealed an Anglo-Saxon burial, uncovering the most significant horde of early medieval artefacts found in Britain (now housed at the British Museum).

International

The Second World War begins. Germany's invasion of Poland prompted Britain and France to declare war forming the core of the Allied powers. As part of the Soviet-Nazi Pact, the Soviet Union joined the war on the German side, helping, with Italy, to form the Axis Powers. Poland was soon overpowered and the Baltic Republics and Finland were invaded by the Soviet Union.

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Marie José Georges

11 November 2016, 17:26

this photograph was done at the PALAIS IDEAL DU FACTEUR CHEVAL, in France, in the small town of Hauterives

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