by Ida Kar
quarter-plate film negative, 1954
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Artistback to top
- Ida Kar (1908-1974), Photographer. Artist associated with 1536 portraits, Sitter in 136 portraits.
This portraitback to top
The year this photograph was taken, Butler won the international competition for a sculpture of the Unknown Political Prisoner. In a letter to Kar, Butler wrote that the selected photographs were 'splendid,' apart from the rings under his eyes.
Events of 1954back to top
Current affairsRoger Bannister runs the four-minute mile. Bannister was the first man to achieve the 'miracle mile', a feat that was thought by some to be impossible, beating his rival, the Australian John Landy, to the record. Bannister went on to a career as a distinguished neurologist.
Food rationing ends in Britain.
Art and scienceJ.R.R. Tolkien publishes the first two parts of the Lord of the Rings trilogy: The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers. Tolkien was an Oxford professor of Anglo-Saxon language and literature and drew on his scholarly interests in history, language and mythology to create the fictional land of Middle Earth where the books are set.
Williams Golding publishes, Lord of the Flies.