by Ida Kar
quarter-plate film negative, 1954
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- John Egerton Christmas Piper (1903-1992), Artist and writer. Sitter in 59 portraits, Artist of 1 portrait.
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- Ida Kar (1908-1974), Photographer. Artist associated with 1539 portraits, Sitter in 136 portraits.
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Kar photographed Piper at Fawley Bottom Farmhouse, Oxfordshire where he lived from 1935. He is shown with a stage design and his painting Stone Gate, Portland (1950), a coastal view that Piper depicted more frequently than any other landscape.
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- Place made: United Kingdom: England, Oxfordshire (Fawley Bottom Farmhouse, Oxfordshire)
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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.
InternationalThe South East Asia Treaty Organisation (SEATO) is established in Bangkok. This international defence organisation was established as part of the 'containment' policy of limiting the influence of communism. SEATO was, however, found to be ineffective as the member organisations failed to agree on combined action; it was disbanded in 1977.
- Lunchtime Lecture: The Russian Revolution and British Society
2 November, 13:15
- Lunchtime Lecture: Nicola Hicks: A Life in Mud and Straw
16 November, 13:15