© Mark Gerson / National Portrait Gallery, London
by Mark Gerson
modern bromide print, June 1958
14 3/8 in. x 11 3/4 in. (365 mm x 300 mm)
Given by Mark Gerson, 1996
Sitterback to top
- (Margaret) Rumer Godden (1907-1998), Novelist, autobiographer and children's writer. Sitter in 5 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Mark Gerson (1921-), Photographer. Artist or producer associated with 277 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
Placesback to top
- Place made and portrayed: United Kingdom: England, London (sitter's home, Highgate, London)
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Literati Photographs by Mark Gerson (2 August 1996 - 13 October 1996)
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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