by Victor Weisz
pen and ink, wash, pencil and crayon, 1958
11 1/4 in. x 10 3/8 in. (285 mm x 264 mm) uneven
Sitterback to top
- Victor Weisz (1913-1966), 'Vicky'; cartoonist. Sitter in 2 portraits, Artist associated with 15 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Victor Weisz (1913-1966), 'Vicky'; cartoonist. Artist associated with 15 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
This portraitback to top
This self-portrait emerging from the Trojan Horse appeared in the Standard on 31 October 1958, the week before his arrival at the paper. Within days his best-known creation, Supermac, a caricature of Harold Macmillan, appeared for the first time.
Published in Evening Standard, 31 October 1958.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 649
Subjects & Themesback to top
Events of 1958back to top
Current affairsBritain's first motorway is built. The Preston bypass (M6) was the first road to be built to official motorway standards, although the M1 (opened in 1959) was the first road to be given official status. The road was opened by the Prime minister, Harold Macmillan, and heralded a new age of mass, high-speed motoring.
Art and scienceMichael Bond publishes A Bear Called Paddington, the first Paddington Bear book. This popular character is remembered for being found at Paddington Station by the Brown family, for wearing a floppy hat, duffle coat and Wellington boots, and for his penchant for marmalade sandwiches.
The children's television programme, Blue Peter, is broadcast for the first time.
InternationalFollowing the USSR's successful launch of the Sputnik 1 satellite in 1957, America launches its own space agency, NASA. Under pressure from the Soviets' early lead, NASA began research into human spaceflight. The competition between the two superpowers to explore outer space, send humans beyond the Earth's orbit and land on the moon was known as the 'space race'.
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