Tag Archives: Portraits

1977: Jayaben Desai

Graham Wood: Jayaben Desai (1977) Desai lead the 1977 strike at the Grunwick photo-processing factory in Willesden, London. The workers, predominantly Asian women, not only struck for union recognition, but challenged the stereotype of being silent and subservient. They were … Continue reading

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1573: Self-Portrait

Johan Gregor van der Schardt: Self-portrait (c. 1573)

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1910: James A. Saunders

Patrolman James A. Saunders, Plainfield NJ’s first African-American police officer. Saunders was a member of the force from 1895 to 1917. (source)

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1503: Rough Draft

This painting by Leonardo da Vinci is know as the Isleworth Mona Lisa, named for the London neighborhood of an early 20th century owner of the work. Experts believe it was painted in about 1503, before the version that now … Continue reading

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2004: Diane Abbott MP

Stuart Pearson Wright: Diane Abbott MP (2004); in 1987, Diane Abbott became the first black woman elected to the British Parliament. See a video of her talking about this portrait here.

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1830: The Boy After this Excited Much Wonder

From John Fanning Watson’s Annals of Philadelphia, being a collection of memoirs, anecdotes, and incidents of the city and its inhabitants, from the days of the Pilgrim founders (1830): The good people of Caledonia [Scotland] have so long and exclusively … Continue reading

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1321: Kleptomania

In Some Observations Made in Travelling Through France, Italy, &c. in the Years 1720, 1721 and 1722, Edward Wright relates being told in Florence about one of Dante’s bad habits: This great man, we are told, had a most unhappy … Continue reading

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