1 of 11 portraits of (Evelyn) John St Loe Strachey
by Sir David Low
pencil, circa 1945-1950
4 1/2 in. x 5 1/2 in. (114 mm x 140 mm) uneven
Sitterback to top
- (Evelyn) John St Loe Strachey (1901-1963), Socialist theorist and politician, Secretary of State for War. Sitter in 14 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Sir David Low (1891-1963), Cartoonist. Artist associated with 495 portraits, Sitter in 27 portraits.
Events of 1945back to top
Current affairsDespite Churchill's popularity during, and indeed after, the War, Clement Attlee wins a landslide Labour victory in the general election. Labour's success was due to its promise of a better society through the Welfare state, and was demonstrative of the public's desire for a new and better post-War society.
Art and scienceNoel Coward's Brief Encounter is released. The film, based on Coward's play, Still Life, is about the love affair between two married people who meet at a railway station. Conscious of the risk of being caught the couple decide to break off their relationship to protect their marriages.
George Orwell publishes his satirical novel Animal Farm, as an allegorical critique of Soviet Totalitarianism.