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Cecil Day-Lewis

1 of 5 portraits by Franta Belsky

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Cecil Day-Lewis

by Franta Belsky
bronze bust, 1952
14 3/4 in. (375 mm) high
Purchased, 1976
Primary Collection
NPG 5068

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  • Franta Belsky (1921-2000), Sculptor. Artist of 5 portraits, Sitter in 10 portraits.

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King 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 science

Samuel 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.

International

Mau 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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