6 of 28 portraits of Jonathan Miller
© Godfrey MacDomnic / National Portrait Gallery, London
by Godfrey MacDomnic
bromide print on card mount, 3 August 1954
8 3/4 in. x 11 3/4 in. (222 mm x 297 mm) overall
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Sitterback to top
- Sir Jonathan Wolfe Miller (1934-), Physician, theatre and opera director, and television presenter. Sitter in 28 portraits.
Placesback to top
- Place made and portrayed: United Kingdom: England, London (sitter's parents' garden, Queens Grove, Hampstead, London)
Events of 1954back to top
Current affairsRoger Bannister runs the four-minute mile. Bannister was the first man to achieve the 'miracle mile', a feat that was thought by some to be impossible, beating his rival, the Australian John Landy, to the record. Bannister went on to a career as a distinguished neurologist.
Food rationing ends in Britain.
Art and scienceJ.R.R. Tolkien publishes the first two parts of the Lord of the Rings trilogy: The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers. Tolkien was an Oxford professor of Anglo-Saxon language and literature and drew on his scholarly interests in history, language and mythology to create the fictional land of Middle Earth where the books are set.
Williams Golding publishes, Lord of the Flies.