by Mark Gerson
bromide print, November 1953
9 1/4in. x 7 1/2in. (236 mm x 191 mm)
Sitterback to top
- Clemence Dane (Winifred Ashton) (1888-1965), Novelist, playwright and artist. Sitter in 14 portraits, Artist of 3 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Mark Gerson (1921-), Photographer. Artist associated with 277 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
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.