The Allhusen family
The Allhusen family
by Navana Vandyk
quarter-plate film negative, 21 April 1953
Given by Bassano & Vandyk Studios, 1974
Sittersback to top
- Hon. Claudia Violet Allhusen (née Betterton) (1917-2009), Wife of Derek Swithin Allhusen; daughter of 1st and last Baron Rushcliffe. Sitter in 15 portraits. Identify
- Derek Swithin Allhusen (1914-2000), Farmer, soldier and equestrian; Olympian. Sitter in 12 portraits. Identify
- Michael Christian Allhusen (1938-1960), Son of Derek Swithin Allhusen. Sitter in 12 portraits. Identify
- Timothy Frederick Allhusen (1942-), Son of Derek Swithin Allhusen. Sitter in 12 portraits. Identify
- Rosemary Claudia Groves (née Allhusen) (1944-), Wife of Jeremy Grimble Groves; daughter of Derek Swithin Allhusen. Sitter in 12 portraits. Identify
Artistback to top
- Navana Vandyk (active 1948-1953), Photographer. Artist associated with 1405 portraits.
Subjects & Themesback to top
Events of 1953back to top
Current affairsA combination of low pressure in the North Sea, hurricane force winds, and high tides result in the Great Flood of 1953. With no warning system many were trapped in their homes as 20-foot waves crashed on the coast; hundreds were killed at sea and on the east coast.
John Hunt's British Expedition conquers Everest. News of the achievement reached Britain on the day of Elizabeth's coronation.
Art and scienceFrances Crick and James Watson discover the double helix structure of DNA. Uncovering DNA's chemical make-up revolutionised our understanding of the building blocks of life.
Ian Fleming publishes his first James Bond novel, Casino Royal.
Chad Varah founds 'The Samaritans' helpline.
InternationalJoseph Stalin dies four days after suffering a stroke. It has been suggested that Stalin was assassinated, as he was denied medical assistance for over a day after he was found; many suspect that he was poisoned. On his death Georgy Malenkov became leader of the Soviet Union.
View a wide collection of video content on our YouTube channel from past projects to our latest films.
Artist and sitter interviews
Get insights into creating portraiture from BP Portrait Award 2020 artists and their sitters.
Watch our film created to say ‘goodbye’ to the Gallery before we closed for our major transformation project.
Tell us more
Framed & unframed prints
Choose your favourite portrait from our Collection as a framed or unframed print for your home.