by Alvin Langdon Coburn
gum platinum print, 27 March 1906
8 5/8 in. x 9 1/2 in. (221 mm x 241 mm)
Sitterback to top
- Harley Granville-Barker (1877-1946), Actor, producer, dramatist and critic. Sitter in 31 portraits, Artist associated with 2 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Alvin Langdon Coburn (1882-1966), Photographer. Artist associated with 114 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Photographed during the height of his success in his own play The Voysey Inheritance. He had written the ironic comedy over a period of two years and it was first staged at the Court Theatre on 7 November 1905. The play was hailed as a masterpiece of the 'new real drama' and proved Granville-Barker's skill in craftsmanship.
Linked publicationsback to top
- 100 Photographs, 2018, p. 45
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
Events of 1906back to top
Current affairsThe Liberals, led by Henry Campbell-Bannerman under a promise of reform, win a landslide victory in the general election. Electors vote to end two decades dominated by Conservative rule, with disaffection mounting over the conflict in South Africa and party division over education and tariff reform. The LRC continue to grow as a political force, winning 29 seats and changing their name later this year to the Labour Party.
Art and scienceRalph Vaughan Williams edits The English Hymnal, a collection of the best in English-language hymns. Published by the Church of England, it became one of the most popular and influential hymn books in the world.
Antoni Gaudí completes his rebuilding of the Casa Batllo in Barcelona. Known locally as the 'casa dels ossos', or 'House of Bones', the building is striking for its use of curved stonework, oval windows and intricate tracery.
InternationalSan Francisco is devastated by an earthquake, measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale, leading to the greatest loss of life from a natural disaster in Californian history. The impact itself and resulting fire lead to the death of over 3,000 people, and over half of the city's 400,000 population were left homeless. Although still a major city, the earthquake directs trade, industry and population south to Los Angeles.
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On display in Room 29 at the National Portrait Gallery
Exhibitions and displays
- Photography: A Public Art, 1840 - 1939
Until 7 October