Queen Elizabeth II
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© William Hustler and Georgina Hustler / National Portrait Gallery, London
Queen Elizabeth II
by Dorothy Wilding, hand-coloured by Beatrice Johnson
hand-coloured bromide print, 15 April 1952
12 1/2 in. x 9 3/4 in. (316 mm x 248 mm)
Given by the photographer's sister, Susan Morton, 1976
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- Moorhouse, Paul and Cannadine, David (appreciation), The Queen: Art and Image, 2011 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 17 May to 21 October 2012), p. 59 Read entry
Colour applied by hand to Wilding's photograph produces an image of the Queen that is at once more naturalistic than the monochrome original and also more artificial. Naturalisim and artifice are themes running through the subsequent iconography of the Queen.
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Current affairsKing George VI is found dead in his bed in Sandringham; he had been suffering from lung cancer. His daughter Elizabeth, who was in Kenya at the time, became Queen, the only monarch not to know the precise moment of her accession as her father was alone when he died. Elizabeth was crowned the following year.
Art and scienceSamuel Beckett's play, Waiting for Godot is performed for the first time in Paris. The play belongs to the Theatre of the Absurd style, which influenced playwrights such as Harold Pinter and Tom Stoppard.
Agatha Christie's play The Mousetrap opens in London. It is still going.
InternationalMau Mau rebels in Kenya rise up against the British colonial administration. The rebellion was sparked by the growing poverty of the native farmers under the rule of white settlers and called for Kenyan independence. The violence of the rebels, who often murdered settlers and loyalists, was met by the indiscriminate suppression by the British Military, who executed hundreds of suspects.
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