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Cecil Beaton, by Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent, 1943 - NPG 6137 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cecil Beaton

by Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent
pencil, chalk and wash, 1943
23 7/8 in. x 18 3/4 in. (608 mm x 477 mm)
Accepted in lieu of tax by H.M. Government and allocated to the Gallery, 1991
Primary Collection
NPG 6137


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  • Cecil Beaton (1904-1980), Photographer, designer and writer. Sitter associated with 353 portraits, Artist associated with 1087 portraits.

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  • Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent (1906-1968), Wife of Prince George, Duke of Kent; daughter of Prince and Princess Nicholas of Greece and of Denmark. Artist of 1 portrait, Sitter in 111 portraits.

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Current affairs

The War effort continues with women recruited to the Home Guard and Ernie Bevin introducing conscription of miners as coal output continues to flag. There is panic when a new anti aircraft weapon is heard for the first time in London and 173 people die in the crush to enter an air-raid shelter at Bethnal Green tube station.

Art and science

Barnes Wallis's bouncing bomb is used during Operation Chastise - the Dam busters Raid - to destroy three dams in the Ruhr area of Germany. The raid was considered a success, knocking out hydroelectric power, cutting off the water supply to industry and causing devastation through flooding. The operation also, however, cost the allies many lives, and the bouncing bomb was not used again.

International

The invasion of Sicily is successful thanks to Operation Mincemeat, in which false documents were planted on the body of a dead airman to mislead Germany into thinking that the Allied target was Sardinia. The invasion led to the fall of Mussolini and Italy joining the Allies. 42,000 German civilians are killed in a firestorm in Hamburg caused by the Allied bombing in Operation Gomorrah.

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