© estate of John Gilroy / National Portrait Gallery, London
by John Gilroy
oil on canvas, circa 1945
26 in. x 25 1/2 in. (660 mm x 648 mm)
Artistback to top
- John Gilroy (1898-1985), Artist and Illustrator. Artist of 2 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
This portraitback to top
The artist, who only turned to portraiture after the Second World War, was the creator of a series of memorable posters advertising Guinness.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 289
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.