Alec Sherman; Gina Bachauer

1 portrait of Gina Bachauer

Alec Sherman; Gina Bachauer, by Derek Allen, 1955 - NPG x32798 - © Derek Allen / National Portrait Gallery, London

© Derek Allen / National Portrait Gallery, London

Alec Sherman; Gina Bachauer

by Derek Allen
bromide print, 1955
15 1/8 in. x 11 3/8 in. (385 mm x 289 mm)
Purchased, 1989
Photographs Collection
NPG x32798

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Sittersback to top

  • Gina Bachauer (1913-1976), Greek pianist; wife of Alec Sherman. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Alec Sherman (1907-2008), Conductor; husband of Gina Bachauer. Sitter in 1 portrait.

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  • Derek Allen (1925-2016). Artist associated with 51 portraits.

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Robert Anthony Eden becomes prime minister. In May 1955 Winston Churchill resigned due to ill health. His successor proved to be a similarly popular leader, winning an increased majority at the general election that year. Eden's popularity was due to a combination of his long wartime service, good looks and charm.

Art and science

Mary Quant introduces the 'Chelsea Look' with her Bazaar boutique. In the 1960s Quant was a major contributor to 'swinging London' introducing some of the seminal items of 1960s fashion: the miniskirt, hot pants, paint-box make-up and plastic raincoats.


West Germany joins NATO, prompting the East European Communist counties to respond by forming the Warsaw Pact. The signatories of the Warsaw Pact pledged to defend each other if any member was attacked. This development was a major event in the Cold War as it firmly established the East and West as opposing military powers.

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