Angus Trumble’s 1913 In Retrospect


“According to The Times newspaper, ‘freakish ideas’ in millinery were prevalent in England, as, for example, in a new ‘hat of black paille anglaise, trimmed with a straight band of white Ottoman ribbon and two very long cut feathers in white...and the hat exacts almost universal praise under the magic of chic....’”

Resident chronologer Angus Trumble examines 1913, when milliners, Machu Picchu and the Mona Lisa made headlines.

Angus Trumble (1964–2022) was the director of the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra, Australia. He was also a senior research fellow at the National Museum of Australia, as well as a curator at the Yale Center for British Art and the Art Gallery of South Australia. Trumble wrote several books, including A Brief History of the Smile (Basic Books, 2004) and The Finger: A Handbook (Farrar Straus and Giroux, 2010). In 2015, he was named a fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. In 2022, he was made an honorary fellow of his alma mater, Trinity College, Melbourne.