Randal John Somerled McDonnell, 13th Earl of Antrim

1 portrait of Randal John Somerled McDonnell, 13th Earl of Antrim

Randal John Somerled McDonnell, 13th Earl of Antrim, by Walter Bird, 26 August 1965 - NPG x163639 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Randal John Somerled McDonnell, 13th Earl of Antrim

by Walter Bird
bromide print, 26 August 1965
8 1/8 in. x 6 1/8 in. (206 mm x 156 mm)
Commissioned, 1965
Photographs Collection
NPG x163639

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  • Walter Bird (1903-1969), Photographer. Artist associated with 1428 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

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Current affairs

Sir Winston Churchill dies after suffering a stroke at the age of 90. By Royal Decree his body lay in state for three days before he was given a State Funeral (a very rare honour for a non-Royal). Representatives from over 100 countries attended the funeral and thousands of people watched the procession of his coffin down the Thames.

Art and science

Julie Christie stars in John Schlesinger's film Darling, a film that captures fashionable London in the 1960s, while critiquing the superficiality of the jet-setting society. The film has subsequently been itself criticised for being out-of-touch with the realities of the day. The Post Office Tower (now the BT tower) opens for use, housing microwave aerials to carry telecommunications traffic from London.


President Johnson sends US troops to assist South Vietnam against communist North Vietnam and domestic nationalist insurgents. Johnson's plan for a short, limited war was soon quashed by North Vietnam's strategy of protracted war. As the conflict dragged on the US government instituted a draft, sparking anti-war protests that would continue until American involvement ended in 1973.

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Professor David Pinder

26 March 2016, 16:48

At the time of this portrait, Lord Antrim was the National Trust's Chairman and the spearhead of its campaign to purchase, through the Neptune Appeal, 900 miles of outstanding coast around England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Launched in 1965, this appeal has been the National Trust's longest-running and most successful appeal. Almost 800 miles of coast are now owned and protected by the Trust. Without Lord Antrim's determination - there were strong dissenting voices within the Trust in1965 - ownership today would be far short of this.

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