barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham


From ‘Red’ Ellen to Oswald Mosley

Portraits of Inter-War Politicians by Edmund Kapp

The 2015 General Election might one day be regarded as one of the most unpredictable and intriguing of this century.

But politics a hundred years ago was no less fascinating – and the politicians of the day arguably a good deal more colourful. This display features portrait drawings and caricatures by Edmund Kapp of some of the outstanding political figures of the inter-war period. These include characters as diverse of Sir Oswald Mosley, Sir Winston Churchill and ‘Red Ellen’ Wilkinson, the socialist MP for Jarrow.

 

 

 

Sir William Orpen (1878-1931)

A Nude Girl Seated on a Bed

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James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903)

La vieille aux loques (The Old Rag-Picker)

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Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898)

The Battle of the Beaux and the Belles

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Kurt Schwitters (1887-1948)

Merz V

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