Exhibitions/ Art Object

Two-Minute Silence, Armistice Day, London

Unknown (British)
Gelatin silver print
23.9 x 28.9 cm (9 7/16 x 11 3/8 in.)
Credit Line:
Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987
Accession Number:
Not on view
World War I formally ended on November 11, 1918-the famous "eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month"-six hours after Germans signed a treaty with the Allies in Compiègne, France. The news was anticipated for several days and was rapidly transmitted to major cities throughout Europe and the rest of the world, thus becoming one of the first major media events of the twentieth century. This photograph, made by a news photographer, records thousands of Londoners gathered to formally observe the end of warfare in a moment of mutual, focused attention.
Inscription: Embossed on print, recto, LR: "LONDON // DAILY MAIL // COPYRIGHT"
[Keith De Lellis to Waddell, May 22, 1983]; John C. Waddell

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 43," May 9, 2006–August 28, 2006.

Date: November 11, 1918
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