by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1957
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Artistback to top
- Ida Kar (1908-1974), Photographer. Artist associated with 1534 portraits, Sitter in 136 portraits.
This portraitback to top
MacInnes first visited Gallery One as an art critic before renting a room in the D'Arblay Street building (1956-8), where Kar photographed him. MacInnes became a great friend of Victor Musgrave and Ida Kar and wrote in the foreword of the Whitechapel catalogue that 'an Ida Kar portrait is at once identifiable by its purity and distinction'.
Placesback to top
- Place made and portrayed: United Kingdom: England, London (sitter's home, D'Arblay Street, Soho, London)
Events of 1957back to top
Current affairsHarold Macmillan takes over as Conservative prime minister, manoeuvring Eden out of power after his poor handling of the Suez Crisis the previous year.
The Wolfenden Report recommends that homosexuality should no longer be a criminal offence. It still took ten years, however, before any changes were made to the law on homosexuality with the Sexual Offences Act in 1967.