Sir Alec Guinness
Sir Alec Guinness
by Gordon Anthony
bromide fibre print, 1946
14 7/8 in. x 11 in. (379 mm x 279 mm) image size
Artistback to top
- Gordon Anthony (1902-1989), Photographer. Artist of 114 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
This portraitback to top
Guinness had played Herbert Pocket in his own adaptation of Great Expectations with the Actors Company in 1939. The performance had been noted by David Lean and he invited Guinness to play the same role in the film, released in the year of Gordon Anthony's photograph. Gordon Anthony described Guinness as 'one of the most non-actor personalities I have ever met, for he is as simple and charming as his film personalities are complicated and diverse.' A variant pose from this sitting was published in The Tatler and Bystander, 22 May 1946.
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Centenaries and Centenarians (5 February 2000 - 11 August 2000)
Events of 1946back to top
Current affairsThe new Labour government begins to act upon the recommendations of the Beveridge Report (1942) by nationalising The Bank of England and Imperial Communications, bringing in a National Insurance Bill, and setting plans for the National Health Service. Nationalisation of industry and the provision of free healthcare and welfare were the main aims of post-war domestic politics.
Art and scienceMervyn Peake publishes Titus Groan; the first of his Gormenghast Trilogy. The three novels are regarded as classics of the fantasy genre, although they contain no magic or intelligent non-human characters, so might more appropriately be described as belonging to the 'gothic' or 'fantastic' genre.
InternationalNazi officials are tried for their part in the War and the Holocaust at Nuremberg. The trials were to prosecute war criminals and the location was chosen because it was the site of the annual Nazi rallies, and therefore seen as a fitting place for the demise of the party. The Nuremberg Trials paved the way for post-war developments in international criminal law.
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