© National Portrait Gallery, London
Sir Frederick Ashton; Lord David Cecil
by Cecil Beaton Click on the links below to find out more
10 in. x 14 3/8 in. (253 mm x 366 mm)
Accepted in lieu of tax by H.M. Government and allocated to the Gallery, 1991
- Sir Frederick Ashton (1904-1988), Founder-choreographer and Director of the Royal Ballet. Sitter in 29 portraits.
- Lord David Cecil (1902-1986), Scholar, teacher and writer. Sitter in 74 portraits.
- Cecil Beaton (1904-1980), Photographer, designer and writer. Artist associated with 1087 portraits, Sitter associated with 352 portraits.
Princess Anne is born at Clarence house, the only daughter of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip.
Art and science
C.S. Lewis publishes The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
, the first book in the Chronicles of Narnia
series. Lewis was an Oxford Don, specialising in Medieval Literature and its use of allegory. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
is often seen as an allegory of the Christian struggle between good and evil.
Following the Soviet and American withdrawal from the occupation of North and South Korea respectively, the Korean War brakes out as each side seeks to unify Korea under its own political system. While the U.S.A., U.K and other UN nations came to the defence of South Korea, North Korea had support from the Soviet Union and China. The war continued until 1953.