by André Paul Durand
oil on canvas, 1969
40 in. x 36 in. (1016 mm x 914 mm)
Given by Elizabeth Ritchie, 1973
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The novelist sat for her portrait in her flat in Markham Square, Chelsea, for a total of about six hours. The artist recorded that she took a great interest in the clothes she wore for the sitting and that she was 'very paintable and very patient'.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 70
Placesback to top
- Place made and portrayed: United Kingdom: England, London (sitter's home, Markham Square, Chelsea, London)
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Events of 1969back to top
Current affairsThe Open University is established, based on the vision of Michael Young. Its aims were to offer the chance to study for higher education qualifications on a part time and distance learning basis, giving people who were unable to attend a traditional university because of family, work commitments or disability the opportunity to achieve university degrees.
Art and scienceThe comedy sketch show Monty Python's Flying Circus is first broadcast. The Pythons performed surreal sketches that reinvented the comedy tradition, eschewing punch lines for a stream-of-consciousness structure and incongruous authorial interventions: 'and now for something completely different'.
Kenneth Tynan's Oh! Calcutta amuses and shocks audiences with full nudity on stage, taking advantage of the recent end to censorship laws.
InternationalNeil Armstrong takes 'one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind' when he becomes the first man on the moon.
Concorde makes its first supersonic flight. The plane was designed, developed and manufactured by a joint treaty between the French and English governments.