Ida Kar

1 portrait

Ida Kar, by Brian Robins, 1955 - NPG x88606 - © reserved; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

© reserved; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

Ida Kar

by Brian Robins
quarter-plate glass negative, 1955
Purchased, 1999
Photographs Collection
NPG x88606


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Sitterback to top

  • Ida Kar (1908-1974), Photographer. Sitter in 137 portraits, Artist associated with 1516 portraits.

Artistback to top

  • Brian Robins (1928-1988), Artist and playwright; Coffee house proprietor. Artist of 3 portraits, Sitter in 14 portraits.

Events of 1955back to top

Current affairs

Robert Anthony Eden becomes prime minister. In May 1955 Winston Churchill resigned due to ill health. His successor proved to be a similarly popular leader, winning an increased majority at the general election that year. Eden's popularity was due to a combination of his long wartime service, good looks and charm.

Art and science

Mary Quant introduces the 'Chelsea Look' with her Bazaar boutique. In the 1960s Quant was a major contributor to 'swinging London' introducing some of the seminal items of 1960s fashion: the miniskirt, hot pants, paint-box make-up and plastic raincoats.

International

West Germany joins NATO, prompting the East European Communist counties to respond by forming the Warsaw Pact. The signatories of the Warsaw Pact pledged to defend each other if any member was attacked. This development was a major event in the Cold War as it firmly established the East and West as opposing military powers.

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