by John Stanton Ward
pen and ink and watercolour on paper laid on board, 1960
13 x 17 7/8 in. (330 x 454 mm)
Artistback to top
- John Stanton Ward (1917-2007), Portrait painter, book illustrator and architectural draughtsman. Artist of 15 portraits, Sitter in 8 portraits.
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This drawing is one of a series that were commissioned by Joyce Grenfell after she met the artist in 1951. As well as making a number of portraits of Joyce Grenfell herself, John Ward drew a variety of her friends and acquaintances. Richard Addinsell wrote music for her lyrics and regularly accompanied her on the piano.
Events of 1960back to top
Current affairsPrince Andrew is born, the third child of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip.
The Contraceptive Pill is introduced in England, dramatically changing the nation's approach to sex and relationships, and significantly contributing to the 1960s culture of liberation.
Art and sciencePenguin books defend D.H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover against charges of obscenity by demonstrating that the novel was of literary merit. The 'not guilty' verdict was seen as a victory for free speech and marked the beginning if a new era of liberalism.
The satirical review Beyond the Fringe launches the careers of Alan Bennett, Peter Cook, Dudley Moore and Jonathan Miller.
InternationalHarold Macmillan delivers his 'wind of change' speech to the South African Parliament in Cape Town, announcing Britain's decision to grant independence to many of her colonies. The speech recognised the emergence of African nationalism, and criticised the policy of Apartheid in South Africa.
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