by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1956
9 3/4 in. x 11 7/4 in. (247 mm x 299 mm)
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Sitterback to top
- Laurence Edward Alan ('Laurie') Lee (1914-1997), Poet and prose writer. Sitter in 15 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Ida Kar (1908-1974), Photographer. Artist associated with 1536 portraits, Sitter in 136 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Kar photographed Lee at his Chelsea flat a year after the publication of A Rose for Winter (1955), an account of a period spent in Spain with his wife Kathy Polge. The following year, the Hogarth Press paid Lee a £500 advance for his most acclaimed autobiographical work,
Cider with Rosie (1959).
Placesback to top
- Place made and portrayed: United Kingdom: England, London (the sitter's home, Chelsea, London)
Events of 1956back to top
Current affairsThe first supermarket opens in Britain. Inspired by the new innovation in America, Jack Cohen opened his first Tesco supermarket in Essex.
The First Clean Air Act is passed in response to the 'Pea Soup' smog over London.
Art and sciencePop Art is seen for the first time in the This is Tomorrow exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery. The exhibition included Richard Hamilton's iconic collage: What is it that makes today's homes so different, so appealing?
John Osborne's play Look Back in Anger opens at the Royal Court Theatre, introducing the phrase 'Angry young man' to describe the new movement of gritty, post-war realism in literature.