by Eric Kennington
20 in. x 17 3/4 in. (508 mm x 451 mm)
Bequeathed by the sitter's father, Michael Hillary, 1977
Sitterback to top
- Richard Hillary (1919-1943), Spitfire pilot; author of 'The Last Enemy'. Sitter in 1 portrait.
Artistback to top
- Eric Henri Kennington (1888-1960), Sculptor and artist. Artist of 6 portraits, Sitter in 13 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Bequeathed by the sitter's father, Michael Hillary, 1977.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Rogers, Malcolm, Master Drawings from the National Portrait Gallery, 1993 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 5 August to 23 October 1994), p. 181
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 303
Events of 1942back to top
Current affairsThe Oxford Committee for Famine Relief is founded in Oxford with the aim of sending food through the Allied blockade of Nazi-Occupied Greece. The organisation continued after the war to relieve suffering as a result of the war in Europe, and eventually to help distressed peoples internationally. It gradually became known as Oxfam, after its telegraph address, and is now one of the largest international development and aid agencies.
Art and scienceDesert Island Discs is broadcast for the first time. Each week a famous guest is invited to select which eight pieces of music they would choose to take if they were castaway on an island. The show is still going and is the longest running music programme on radio.
Enid Blyton publishes her first Famous Five children's book: Five On A Treasure Island.
InternationalThe Allied forces sign the 'Declaration by United Nations', pledging the signatories to fight together until the end of the war and establishing an international organisation with the aim of upholding world peace and security with Sir Gladwyn Jebb as the first Secretary General.
In Berlin, senior Nazis plan the 'Final Solution' to exterminate European Jews, and start building death camps to carry it out.