Ralph Vaughan Williams
Ralph Vaughan Williams
by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, January 1936
Artistback to top
- Walter Stoneman (1876-1958), Photographer. Artist associated with 18527 portraits, Sitter in 8 portraits.
This portraitback to top
This photograph was taken for the National Photographic Record of eminent British people, compiled for the National Portrait Gallery. The Record was instigated by Stoneman in 1917, who went on to photograph some 7,000 sitters.
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- Great British Composers: From Elgar to Adès (27 April 2010 - 12 December 2010)
Events of 1936back to top
Current affairsFollowing the death of his father George V, Edward succeeds to the throne as King Edward VIII, but chooses to abdicate in order to marry the American divorcee, Wallis Simpson. Edward was the only monarch every to voluntarily relinquish the throne.
Art and scienceThe Spitfire, designed by Reginald Mitchell, has its maiden flight. The RAF and other allied forces used the plane extensively and to great effect during the Second World War.
Television broadcasting begins. Although the BBC had been transmitting television since 1930, regular service did not begin until 1936, when the 'BBC Television Service' (now BBC One) was broadcast from Alexandra Palace.
InternationalThe Spanish Civil War begins. Nationalists, led by General Francisco Franco, and supported by Italian and German fascist governments, rebelled against the Second Spanish Republic. The conflict lasted until 1939, and anticipated many of the features of the Second World War: fighting between Communists and Fascists, the rise of nationalism and the use of terror tactics against civilians.
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