by Cecil Beaton
bromide print on white card mount, 1968
9 3/8 in. x 9 1/8 in. (237 mm x 233 mm)
Given by Sir Cecil Beaton, 1968
Sitterback to top
- Twiggy Lawson (née Lesley Hornby) (1949-), Model and actress. Sitter in 31 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Cecil Beaton (1904-1980), Photographer, designer and writer. Artist associated with 1111 portraits, Sitter associated with 361 portraits.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Pepper, Terence (introduction) Muir, Robin (appreciation) Sokolsky, Melvin (appreciation), Twiggy: A Life In Photographs, 2009 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 18 September 2009 to 24 March 2010), p. 71
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Twiggy: A Life in Photographs (19 September 2009 - 21 March 2010)
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Events of 1968back to top
Current affairsEnoch Powell delivers his 'Rivers of Blood' speech in Birmingham in opposition to anti-discrimination legislation and immigration from the commonwealth. The speech is usually regarded as racist and blamed for stirring up racial prejudice. Powell was sacked from the shadow cabinet as a result, but received considerable public approval at the time for his views.
Fay Sislin becomes England first black woman police officer.
Art and scienceBeaton Portraits is the first ever photographic exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. Under the directorship of Roy Strong, the exhibition introduced a new, theatrical approach to display, and was so popular that the national press reported on the length of queues to get in and it had to be extended twice.
InternationalCivil unrest escalates in France as student protesters, joined by striking workers, clash with the police. The events came to represent the conflict between the new, liberalised, left-wing generation and the forces of authority and conservatism. French protests were mirrored by others abroad including the Prague Spring in Czechoslovakia, where political liberalisation was achieved for a few months before the country was invaded by the Soviet Union.
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