Oliver Messel

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Oliver Messel, by Francis Goodman, 1945 - NPG x39504 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Oliver Messel

by Francis Goodman
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1945
Bequeathed by the estate of Francis Goodman, 1989
Photographs Collection
NPG x39504


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  • Francis Goodman (1913-1989), Photographer. Artist of 1261 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.

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Messel moved to Barbados in 1966 where he worked as an architect, designing and decorating houses for private clients. There are fifty-seven negatives of Messel taken there by Goodman during his time as photographer for the Barbados tourist board.

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Current affairs

Despite Churchill's popularity during, and indeed after, the War, Clement Attlee wins a landslide Labour victory in the general election. Labour's success was due to its promise of a better society through the Welfare state, and was demonstrative of the public's desire for a new and better post-War society.

Art and science

Noel Coward's Brief Encounter is released. The film, based on Coward's play, Still Life, is about the love affair between two married people who meet at a railway station. Conscious of the risk of being caught the couple decide to break off their relationship to protect their marriages. George Orwell publishes his satirical novel Animal Farm, as an allegorical critique of Soviet Totalitarianism.

International

A war on two fronts finally proves too much for Germany as allied forces push from the East and West. On the 30th April Hitler committed suicide and Germany soon surrendered to Soviet troops. Victory in Europe was announced on the 8th May. War in the Pacific continued until America dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing 214,000 people, and ending the war with Japan.

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