WAR OFFICE OFFICIAL TOPICAL BUDGET 352-2 (French version, fragment 1) [Main Title]
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- Title: WAR OFFICE OFFICIAL TOPICAL BUDGET 352-2 (French version, fragment 1) [Main Title]
- Film Number: IWM 668c
- Other titles: PICTORIAL NEWS (OFFICIAL) 352-2 (French version, fragment 1) [Alternative Title]
- Summary: I. French language version of a newsreel item on Viscount French, as the new Viceroy of Ireland, at a Grand Whitsuntide Fair (in support of the Irish War Hospital Supply Depot) at the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin, 18 May 1918. II. French language version of a newsreel item showing Lord Beaverbrook at the private view of an exhibition of William Orpen's war paintings at Thomas Agnew and Sons, New Bond Street, London, May 1918. III. French language version of a newsreel item on Tom Sullivan, recently returned from Germany, May 1918. IV. French language version of a newsreel item on General Smuts receiving the freedom of the city of Glasgow, May 1918.
- Description: French walks around the gardens of the castle shaking hands with people at the fête. Beside him is his aide, Lieutenant-Colonel Fitzgerald ('Fitz') Watt. The fête includes a display of horse jumping, including one lady riding sidesaddle. French gives a speech. Lord Beaverbrook stands in front of Orpen's pictures,although Orpen himself is not to be seen. Beaverbrook is approached by another war artist, C W Nevinson, and they pose for photographs; Nevinson laughs uproariously. Sullivan, a famous ex-rower, has returned from checking on the state of German prisoner of war camps. At home he digs the garden, and poses with his wife and son, and by himself. Smuts, on horseback, takes the salute as members of the Glasgow Boys' Brigade march past him. He emerges from a ceremony at Glasgow University and is congratulated by the dons, who include some women.
- Access Conditions: IWM Attribution: © IWM
- Featured Period: 1914-1918
- Production Date: 1918-05-23
- Production Country: GB
- Production Details: Ministry of Information (Production sponsor) Topical Film Company (Production company)
- Personalities, Units and Organisations: French, John Denton Pinkstone (person) Watt, Fitzgerald (person) Aitken, William Maxwell, 1st Baron Beaverbrook (person) Orpen, William (person) Nevinson, Christopher Richard Wynne (person) Sullivan, Thomas (person) Smuts, Jan Christiaan (person) British Army (regiment/service) British Red Cross (regiment/service) Ministry of Information (regiment/service) Agnew Galleries (regiment/service) Boys' Brigade (regiment/service) Glasgow University (regiment/service)
- Keywords: recreation, British civilian - sport: horse show (object name) recreation, British civilian - casual (object name) buildings, Irish - institutional: castle (object name) arts, British - fine arts: painting (object name) propaganda, British - inspirational (object name) delegations, South African Imperial - state (object name) society, British - friendship (object name) 31/3(415) (event) 31/3(41) (event) 31/3(41) (event) 31/3(41) (event) GB, Ireland & Dublin, Co Dublin <castle> (geography) GB, England & London, WC (?) <Agnew Galleries> (geography) GB, England (geography) GB, Scotland & Glasgow, Lanark (geography) (concept)
- Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W Sound format: Silent Soundtrack language: None Title language: None Subtitle language: French
- Technical Details: Format: 35mm Number of items/reels/tapes: 1 Footage: 184 ft; Running time: 3 mins
- Notes: Production: see IWM 651a for production details Summary: note that two more items from the French language version of this issue form IWM 675a Summary (item I): the Royal Hospital had the same function as the Royal Hospital in Chelsea, but it also acted as the headquarters (and home) of the Commander in Chief, (British) Forces in Ireland. The President of the Grand Whitsuntide Fair was Lady Wimborne, wife of a former Viceroy. The fête was opened by Lord French and ran for a week. (Information received by letter to Toby Haggith from Robert Monks of Film Services, Dublin, based on a contemporary press report; this corrected the original entry which stated Dublin Castle as the location) Summary (item II): this occasion was a momentous one, because Orpen, one of the most famous artists of his day, had presented all the paintings in this exhibition "to the British nation" and was knighted "for services in connection with the war". Orpen himself does not appear here, but Nevinson, whose own exhibition of war paintings, opened by Beaverbrook at the Leicester Galleries two months earlier, had been highly controversial Technical: this fragment is currently held on the same reel as IWM 668a, IWM 668b and IWM 668d, the can is marked as IWM 668.
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