1 of 9 portraits of Dorothy Sayers
by Sir William Oliphant Hutchison
oil on canvas, circa 1949-1950
30 in. x 26 1/4 in. (762 mm x 667 mm)
Artistback to top
- Sir William Oliphant Hutchison (1889-1970), Painter and President of the Royal Scottish Academy. Artist of 1 portrait, Sitter in 10 portraits.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Ribeiro, Aileen, The Gallery of Fashion, 2000, p. 210
- Ribeiro, Aileen; Blackman, Cally, A Portrait of Fashion: Six Centuries of Dress at the National Portrait Gallery, 2015, p. 219
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 549
Events of 1949back to top
Current affairsFollowing the Republic of Ireland Act in 1948, the Irish Free State becomes the Republic of Ireland and leaves the Commonwealth. The functions previously given to the King were handed to the President of Ireland.
The Second Parliament Act diminishes the power of the House of Lords, reducing their authority to delay bills from two years to one.
Art and scienceGeorge Orwell publishes his dystopian novel, 1984. The book imagines a future where totalitarian governments rule; their power based on continual war abroad, and overwhelming propaganda and surveillance at home. With 'Big Brother' keeping a constant check on the citizens' actions and thoughts, the individual loses the faculties of free will and independent thought.
InternationalThe People's Republic of China is created after the Communist Party wins the Civil War. China became a communist country under Mao Zedong.
Cold War tensions increase as Germany is split into the democratic Federal Republic of Germany in the west (a union of the post-war British, French and American sectors), and the communist German Democratic Republic, in the east.