© estate of Russell Westwood / National Portrait Gallery, London
Arthur Fleischmann; Joyce Odiase (née Taylor)
by (Edward) Russell Westwood Click on the links below to find out more
cibachrome print from original transparency, 1948
16 in. x 12 in. (405 mm x 305 mm)
Given by the photographer's daughter, Jacqueline Galton, 1990
Fleischmann is seen here with model Joyce Taylor and the sculpture Miranda, part of the Lockheed Mermaid Fountain created for the Battersea Pleasure Gardens as part of the Festival of Britain in 1951.
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Art and science
The First Morris Minor car designed by Alec Issigonis and his team (also responsible for the Mini) takes to the road, becoming a popular and classic English design.F.R. Leavis publishes his influential study of the English novel, The Great Tradition
. The book set out Leavis's ideas on the proper relationship between literary form and moral concern.
The policy of Apartheid is adopted in South Africa. Apartheid was a set of laws allowing racial segregation and discrimination against the black majority by the white ruling class.As part of the dispute between Western and Soviet controlled Berlin, the Soviet Union blockades West Berlin, cutting off supplies. Anxious to avoid a conflict, America, Britain and France responded by flying in food and other provisions.