Sir Charles Holroyd
4 of 5 portraits of Sir Charles Holroyd
Sir Charles Holroyd
by William Strang
engraving and drypoint, 1909
17 1/2 in. x 11 3/4 in. (444 mm x 297 mm) plate size; 20 1/4 in. x 13 3/8 in. (513 mm x 340 mm) paper size
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- Sir Charles Holroyd (1861-1917), Painter and Director of the National Gallery. Sitter in 5 portraits, Artist of 3 portraits.
Artistback to top
- William Strang (1859-1921), Painter and etcher. Artist associated with 66 portraits, Sitter in 11 portraits.
Events of 1909back to top
Current affairsThe American retailer Harry Gordon Selfridge opens the first British custom-built department store on what was then the 'dead end' of Oxford Street. The revolutionary complex, considered the world's largest at the time, transforms shopping, offering diverse amenities including a post office and a library, and modernises the visual face of retailing through innovative window displays.
Art and scienceThe Frenchman Louis Bleriot becomes the first person to cross the English channel by aeroplane, winning the £1,000 prize offered by the Daily Mail, and greeted by cheering crowds at Dover station. Bleriot's flight also showed that England was, as H.G. Wells put it, from a military point of view 'no longer an inaccessible island'.
In dance, Alexandre Benois becomes the first artistic director of Sergey Diaghilev's innovative Ballets Russes.
InternationalThe National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), is founded in America to campaign for the rights of African Americans. One of the oldest and most influential civil rights movements, it was founded by a diverse group of individuals from mixed backgrounds, including W.E.B. Du Bois, Ida Wells-Barnett, Henry Moscowitz and William English Walling.
The Selig Polyscope company sets up the first film studio in Los Angeles.
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