Dylan Thomas; Ebie Williams; Ivy Williams and her brother Billy

1 portrait of Dylan Thomas

Dylan Thomas; Ebie Williams; Ivy Williams and her brother Billy, by Rollie McKenna, September 1953 - NPG x137169 - © Rosalie Thorne McKenna Foundation; Courtesy Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona Foundation

© Rosalie Thorne McKenna Foundation; Courtesy Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona Foundation

Dylan Thomas; Ebie Williams; Ivy Williams and her brother Billy

by Rollie McKenna
bromide print, September 1953
6 7/8 in. x 9 1/2 in. (175 mm x 241 mm) image size
Given by Rosalie Thorne McKenna Foundation, 2011
Photographs Collection
NPG x137169

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  • Billy (active 1953), Brother of Ivy Williams, owner of Brown's Hotel. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Dylan Thomas (1914-1953), Poet. Sitter in 22 portraits.
  • Ebie Williams (1894-active 1953), Hotel owner; friend of Dylan Thomas. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Ivy Williams (active 1953), Hotel owner; wife of Ebie Williams; friend of Dylan Thomas. Sitter in 1 portrait.

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A combination of low pressure in the North Sea, hurricane force winds, and high tides result in the Great Flood of 1953. With no warning system many were trapped in their homes as 20-foot waves crashed on the coast; hundreds were killed at sea and on the east coast. John Hunt's British Expedition conquers Everest. News of the achievement reached Britain on the day of Elizabeth's coronation.

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Frances Crick and James Watson discover the double helix structure of DNA. Uncovering DNA's chemical make-up revolutionised our understanding of the building blocks of life. Ian Fleming publishes his first James Bond novel, Casino Royal. Chad Varah founds 'The Samaritans' helpline.


Joseph Stalin dies four days after suffering a stroke. It has been suggested that Stalin was assassinated, as he was denied medical assistance for over a day after he was found; many suspect that he was poisoned. On his death Georgy Malenkov became leader of the Soviet Union.

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