Anna May Wong
© William Hustler and Georgina Hustler / National Portrait Gallery, London
Anna May Wong
by Dorothy Wilding
chlorobromide print on card mount, 1929
16 1/2 in. x 11 5/8 in. (418 mm x 295 mm) image size
Given by the photographer's sister, Susan Morton, 1976
Artistback to top
- Dorothy Wilding (1893-1976), Photographer. Artist associated with 2147 portraits, Sitter in 30 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Wilding recalled: ‘Anna May Wong ... had the first long red fingernails I had ever seen. When I lifted her hands to ‘drape’ them, they were so fragile that one felt one was holding the most delicate snowdrops. She was the softest and gentlest creature one can imagine.’
Linked publicationsback to top
- 100 Photographs, 2018, p. 65
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Photography: A Public Art, 1840-1939 (4 November 2017 - 7 October 2018)
Events of 1929back to top
Current affairsThe first election held under universal suffrage is a victory for Labour. Ramsay Macdonald returned for his second term as Prime Minster, and appointed Margaret Grace Bondfield as the first woman Cabinet Minister.
Art and scienceTwo classic books about the First World War are published: All Quiet on the Western Front, by war veteran, Erich Maria Remarque, tells of the horrors of war and the returning German soldiers' feelings of detachment from civilian life; while Robert Grave's autobiography Goodbye to All That, aimed to describe the author's experiences of the war so that they 'need never be thought about again'.
InternationalThe 24th October 1929 becomes known as Black Thursday when the US Stock Exchange Collapses and millions are lost. The event was the start of the Wall Street Crash, which in turn contributed towards the Great Depression: a major international recession that lasted through most of the 1930s.
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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 2018
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