Sylvia Beatrice Armytage (née Staveley); Reginald William Armytage

1 portrait of Sylvia Beatrice Armytage (née Staveley)

Sylvia Beatrice Armytage (née Staveley); Reginald William Armytage, by Bassano Ltd, 16 November 1959 - NPG x170307 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Sylvia Beatrice Armytage (née Staveley); Reginald William Armytage

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 16 November 1959
Purchased, 2004
Photographs Collection
NPG x170307


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  • Bassano Ltd (active 1901-1962). Artist associated with 42729 portraits.

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Current affairs

Harold Macmillan wins the general election with an increased majority, returning to office as Conservative prime minister. The victory was the result of perceived economic improvement under the Conservative government, and his (misquoted) boast: 'you've never had it so good.' During his premiership he earned the nickname 'Supermac', coined by cartoonist, Victor 'Vicky' Weisz.

Art and science

Claudia Jones organises the first West Indian-style carnival in the country, starting the tradition of the annual Notting Hill carnival. The event was a response to the race riots of 1958, and an attempt to celebrate West Indian culture and help overcome racial prejudice by giving the whole community the opportunity to join in the event.

International

Fidel Castro becomes leader of Cuba. After defeating the American-backed Batista government, Castro's revolutionary army arrived in Havana on 8th January where Castro proclaimed himself Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. Within a month, Prime Minister José Miró Cardona had resigned, and Castro took over. In Tibet, an uprising against Chinese rule is brutally crushed, and the Dalai Lama flees to India, beginning his long exile.

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