Nina Hamnett

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Nina Hamnett

by Daniel Farson
bromide print, 1952
6 7/8 in. x 6 3/4 in. (175 mm x 174 mm)
Purchased, 1985
Primary Collection
NPG P288

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  • Nina Hamnett (1890-1956), Painter. Sitter in 1 portrait, Artist or producer of 2 portraits.

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  • Daniel Farson (1927-1997), Photographer and writer. Artist or producer of 47 portraits, Sitter in 6 portraits.

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Farson photographed Hamnett in her sixties, a regular at the Caves de France, Soho, with her dog Peter Mons Berlemont. Now calling herself 'the last of the Bohemians' Farson described her: 'Nina was still game but I could sense that her tide was ebbing. In earlier years she had filled the hours until they overflowed and now she was having to settle the debt.'

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Current affairs

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.


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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