by Derek Hill
oil on canvas, circa 1965
19 7/8 in. x 23 7/8 in. (505 mm x 607 mm)
Given by Mrs Joan Hall, 1998
Sitterback to top
- Leslie Poles ('L.P.') Hartley (1895-1972), Novelist and critic. Sitter in 39 portraits.
Artistback to top
- (Arthur) Derek Hill (1916-2000), Artist, writer and organiser of exhibitions. Artist associated with 9 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Mrs Hall, who gave the portrait to the National Portrait Gallery, met L.P. Hartley in the early 1960s and became a correspondent and friend. The portrait was given to her after L.P. Hartley's death by his sister.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 285
Events of 1965back to top
Current affairsSir Winston Churchill dies after suffering a stroke at the age of 90. By Royal Decree his body lay in state for three days before he was given a State Funeral (a very rare honour for a non-Royal). Representatives from over 100 countries attended the funeral and thousands of people watched the procession of his coffin down the Thames.
Art and scienceJulie Christie stars in John Schlesinger's film Darling, a film that captures fashionable London in the 1960s, while critiquing the superficiality of the jet-setting society. The film has subsequently been itself criticised for being out-of-touch with the realities of the day.
The Post Office Tower (now the BT tower) opens for use, housing microwave aerials to carry telecommunications traffic from London.