Stella Inez Astor
5 of 11 portraits of Stella Inez Astor
Stella Inez Astor
by Navana Vandyk
quarter-plate glass negative, 12 December 1949
Given by Bassano & Vandyk Studios, 1974
Sitterback to top
- Stella Inez Astor (1949-), Granddaughter of 2nd Viscount Astor; former wife of Martin Wilkinson. Sitter in 11 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Navana Vandyk (active 1948-1953), Photographer. Artist associated with 1405 portraits.
Events of 1949back to top
Current affairsFollowing the Republic of Ireland Act in 1948, the Irish Free State becomes the Republic of Ireland and leaves the Commonwealth. The functions previously given to the King were handed to the President of Ireland.
The Second Parliament Act diminishes the power of the House of Lords, reducing their authority to delay bills from two years to one.
Art and scienceGeorge Orwell publishes his dystopian novel, 1984. The book imagines a future where totalitarian governments rule; their power based on continual war abroad, and overwhelming propaganda and surveillance at home. With 'Big Brother' keeping a constant check on the citizens' actions and thoughts, the individual loses the faculties of free will and independent thought.
InternationalThe People's Republic of China is created after the Communist Party wins the Civil War. China became a communist country under Mao Zedong.
Cold War tensions increase as Germany is split into the democratic Federal Republic of Germany in the west (a union of the post-war British, French and American sectors), and the communist German Democratic Republic, in the east.
Listen to a series of podcasts exploring the lives of pioneering women, past and present.
William Eggleston was closely associated with the alternative music scene in Memphis. Revisit our 2016 exhibition and listen to a special playlist.
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