© Cecil Beaton Studio Archive, Sotheby's London
Rex Harrison; Julie Andrews
by Cecil Beaton Click on the links below to find out more
glossy bromide fibre contact print, 1958
10 in. x 8 1/8 in. (254 mm x 206 mm)
Accepted in lieu of tax by H.M. Government and allocated to the Gallery, 1991
- Cecil Beaton (1904-1980), Photographer, designer and writer. Artist associated with 1088 portraits, Sitter associated with 354 portraits.
Britain'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 science
Michael 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.
Following the USSR's successful launch of the Sputnik 1
satellite in 1957, America launches its own space agency, NASA. Under pressure from the Soviets' early lead, NASA began research into human spaceflight. The competition between the two superpowers to explore outer space, send humans beyond the Earth's orbit and land on the moon was known as the 'space race'.