Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother; Sir Roy Strong; Cecil Beaton

1 portrait of Sir Roy Strong

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother; Sir Roy Strong; Cecil Beaton, by Desmond O'Neill, 1968 - NPG x40486 - © Desmond O'Neill

© Desmond O'Neill

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother; Sir Roy Strong; Cecil Beaton

by Desmond O'Neill
matte bromide print, 1968
9 4/8 in. x 7 4/8 in. (241 mm x 191 mm)
Accepted in lieu of tax by H.M. Government and allocated to the Gallery, 1991
Photographs Collection
NPG x40486


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Sittersback to top

  • Cecil Beaton (1904-1980), Photographer, designer and writer. Sitter associated with 352 portraits, Artist associated with 1087 portraits.
  • Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother (1900-2002), Queen of George VI. Sitter associated with 524 portraits.
  • Sir Roy Strong (1935-), Art historian and museum director; Director of the National Portrait Gallery. Sitter associated with 21 portraits.

Artistback to top

  • Desmond O'Neill (1923-2003), Photographer. Artist associated with 16 portraits.

Events of 1968back to top

Current affairs

Enoch Powell delivers his 'Rivers of Blood' speech in Birmingham in opposition to anti-discrimination legislation and immigration from the commonwealth. The speech is usually regarded as racist and blamed for stirring up racial prejudice. Powell was sacked from the shadow cabinet as a result, but received considerable public approval at the time for his views. Fay Sislin becomes England first black woman police officer.

Art and science

Beaton Portraits is the first ever photographic exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. Under the directorship of Roy Strong, the exhibition introduced a new, theatrical approach to display, and was so popular that the national press reported on the length of queues to get in and it had to be extended twice.

International

Civil unrest escalates in France as student protesters, joined by striking workers, clash with the police. The events came to represent the conflict between the new, liberalised, left-wing generation and the forces of authority and conservatism. French protests were mirrored by others abroad including the Prague Spring in Czechoslovakia, where political liberalisation was achieved for a few months before the country was invaded by the Soviet Union.

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