by John Craxton
chalk on green paper, 1945
22 5/8 in. x 17 3/8 in. (575 mm x 442 mm)
Sitterback to top
- John Craxton (1922-2009), Painter, set designer and Royal Academician. Sitter in 4 portraits, Artist of 1 portrait.
Artistback to top
- John Craxton (1922-2009), Painter, set designer and Royal Academician. Artist of 1 portrait, Sitter in 4 portraits.
This portraitback to top
The self-portrait was made while the artist was ill with jaundice brought on, he said, by eating too much farm butter.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 152
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.