10 of 21 portraits of John Osborne
by Cecil Beaton
bromide print on white card mount, July 1956
9 1/4 in. x 9 1/2 in. (236 mm x 241 mm)
Given by Cecil Beaton, 1968
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Sitterback to top
- John James Osborne (1929-1994), Playwright, autobiographer and actor. Sitter in 21 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Cecil Beaton (1904-1980), Photographer, designer and writer. Artist associated with 1087 portraits, Sitter associated with 351 portraits.
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. Tesco is now the largest British retailer, and the forth largest in the world. One in every £8 of British retail spending is spent at Tesco.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.
InternationalThe Suiz Crisis rocks Eden's premiership and marks the decline of British world power and influence in favour of America. In 1956 President Nasser of Egypt nationalised the Suez canal. Although Britain and France, who had owned the canal since the 19th century, invaded Egypt, they were soon persuaded to withdraw by US President Eisenhower who disapproved of the occupation.
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