8 of 12 portraits of Benny Hill
© estate of Bob Collins / National Portrait Gallery, London
by Bob Collins
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1958
Given by Rudolph John Acton, 2003
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Artistback to top
- Bob Collins (1924-2002), Photographer. Artist of 220 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Shooting Stars: Photographs by Bob Collins (17 September 2012 - 21 April 2013)
Events of 1958back to top
Current affairsBritain's first motorway is built. The Preston bypass (M6) was the first road to be built to official motorway standards, although the M1 (opened in 1959) was the first road to be given official status. The road was opened by the Prime minister, Harold Macmillan, and heralded a new age of mass, high-speed motoring.
Art and scienceMichael Bond publishes A Bear Called Paddington, the first Paddington Bear book. This popular character is remembered for being found at Paddington Station by the Brown family, for wearing a floppy hat, duffle coat and Wellington boots, and for his penchant for marmalade sandwiches.
The children's television programme, Blue Peter, is broadcast for the first time.