2 of 4 portraits of Eileen Agar
by Lee Miller
modern archival-toned gelatin silver print from original negative, 1937
10 1/4 in. x 10 in. (261 mm x 254 mm)
Artistback to top
- Lee Miller (1907-1977), Photographer. Artist associated with 17 portraits, Sitter in 13 portraits.
This portraitback to top
For this portrait, Miller photographed Agar's shadow on one of the columns of the Brighton Pavilion, during a brief visit to England to see Penrose, whom she had recently met for the first time in Paris.
Placesback to top
- Place made and portrayed: United Kingdom: England, Sussex (Brighton Pavilion, Brighton)
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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