by Francis Goodman
5 x 4 inch film negative, 1934
Sitterback to top
- Gertrude Lawrence (Gertrude Alice Klasen) (1898-1952), Actress, singer and dancer. Sitter associated with 93 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Francis Goodman (1913-1989), Photographer. Artist of 1392 portraits, Sitter in 6 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Lawrence is shown here wearing a white satin dress designed by Edward Molyneux, reminiscent of that she wore in Private Lives. Molyneux also designed the costumes for the play and its success made him a household name.
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Francis Goodman: Back In Focus (22 April 2013 - 3 November 2013)
Events of 1934back to top
Current affairsSir Stafford Cripps represents the miners of Gresford Colliery in Wrexham at an inquiry into the recent gas explosion and fire which killed 263 miners, and three rescue workers in one of the worst mining disasters in British history.
Art and sciencePercy Shaw invents 'Cat's eyes'. The development of road reflectors increased safety on the roads at night and proved to be particularly useful during the wartime blackout. They are still used today.
Dylan Thomas published his first volume of poetry, 18 Poems.
InternationalStalin and Hitler consolidate dictatorial power by 'purging' their opponents. In the Soviet Union, members of the Communist Party and particular sectors of society such as the intelligentsia were targeted in the 'Great Purge', while in Germany Hitler murdered hundreds of potential opponents in the SA during the 'Night of the Long Knives'.
Thousands in the USA are forced to flee their homes to escape the Dust Bowl storms.
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