Sir William Menzies Coldstream
by Lord Snowdon Click on the links below to find out more
bromide print, 16 April 1962
13 7/8 in. x 9 in. (352 mm x 229 mm)
Given by Antony Charles Robert Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon, 2000
- Lord Snowdon (1930-2017), Photographer; former husband of Princess Margaret. Artist of 276 portraits, Sitter in 17 portraits.
Taken the year of his first major retrospective at the South London Art Gallery, a colour portrait from this sitting was reproduced on the cover of The Sunday Times colour magazine special issue 'British Painting Now' (2 June 1963).
After a series of by-election defeats, the prime minister, Harold MacMillan organises a drastic cabinet reshuffle, dismissing one third of his cabinet. Liberal MP Jeremy Thorpe's rye comment summed up the desperate action: 'greater love hath no man than this, than to lay down his friends for his life.'Britain suffers the 'Big Freeze' with no frost-free nights between 22nd December 1962 and 5th March 1963.
Art and science
The Beatles have their first hit with Love Me Do
and release their first album Please Please Me
.The new Coventry Cathedral is consecrated and creates a showcase for British artistic talent with the first performance of Benjamin Britten's War Requiem
, a wall hanging by Graham Sutherland, stained glass by John Piper, and sculptures by Jacob Epstein and Elizabeth Frink.
The world comes to the brink of nuclear war with the Cuban Missile Crisis. In response to the USA's nuclear advantage, the USSR sent missiles to Cuba. The crisis lasted for 12 days before a deal was finally stuck between Khrushchev and Kennedy in which the Cuban missile bases were dismantled in return for the secret removal of US missiles from Turkey.