1 of 8 portraits of Richard Burton
by Daniel Farson
bromide print, 1953
10 1/8 in. x 9 1/4 in. (257 mm x 235 mm)
Artistback to top
- Daniel Farson (1927-1997), Photographer and writer. Artist of 47 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Working as a freelancer for Harper's Bazaar, Farson accompanied critic Kenneth Tynan to the Edinburgh Festival to photograph Richard Burton who was appearing in Hamlet. This was Burton's debut as the lead in the Old Vic Company production, starring opposite Claire Bloom. The Welsh-born actor became renowned for his Shakespearean roles before starring in numerous Hollywood films.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 92
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Famous in the Fifties: Photographs by Daniel Farson (19 April 2012 - 16 September 2012)
Events of 1953back to top
Current affairsA combination of low pressure in the North Sea, hurricane force winds, and high tides result in the Great Flood of 1953. With no warning system many were trapped in their homes as 20-foot waves crashed on the coast; hundreds were killed at sea and on the east coast.
John Hunt's British Expedition conquers Everest. News of the achievement reached Britain on the day of Elizabeth's coronation.
Art and scienceFrances Crick and James Watson discover the double helix structure of DNA. Uncovering DNA's chemical make-up revolutionised our understanding of the building blocks of life.
Ian Fleming publishes his first James Bond novel, Casino Royal.
Chad Varah founds 'The Samaritans' helpline.
InternationalJoseph Stalin dies four days after suffering a stroke. It has been suggested that Stalin was assassinated, as he was denied medical assistance for over a day after he was found; many suspect that he was poisoned. On his death Georgy Malenkov became leader of the Soviet Union.
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