'Mr. Punch's Fair of British Industries', by Bernard Partridge, 1928 - NPG D9626 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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'Mr. Punch's Fair of British Industries'

by Bernard Partridge
ink and watercolour on artists' board, 1928
14 5/8 in. x 11 3/8 in. (371 mm x 288 mm)
Given by the Art Fund, 1949
NPG D9626

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25 August 2015, 15:08

DORA is a symbolic representation of the Defence of the Realm Act, 1914. Baldwin was a member of the committee reviewing enemy aliens, interned under the Act, one of many sweeping powers brought in during the War. Baldwin was Prime Minister in 1928; a year earlier his administration had passed the 1927 Trade Disputes Act, outlawing general and sympathetic strikes. Partridge is presumably linking the two acts here.

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