2 of 54 portraits of Cecil Day-Lewis
Photograph © National Portrait Gallery, London
by Franta Belsky
bronze bust, 1952
14 3/4 in. (375 mm) high
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Artistback to top
- Franta Belsky (1921-2000), Sculptor. Artist of 5 portraits, Sitter in 10 portraits.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 169
Events of 1952back to top
Current affairsKing George VI is found dead in his bed in Sandringham; he had been suffering from lung cancer. His daughter Elizabeth, who was in Kenya at the time, became Queen, the only monarch not to know the precise moment of her accession as her father was alone when he died. Elizabeth was crowned the following year.
Art and scienceSamuel Beckett's play, Waiting for Godot is performed for the first time in Paris. The play belongs to the Theatre of the Absurd style, which influenced playwrights such as Harold Pinter and Tom Stoppard.
Agatha Christie's play The Mousetrap opens in London. It is still going.