Valentine Lawford

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Valentine Lawford

by William Abranowicz
bromide print, 1987
12 in. x 10 in. (305 mm x 253 mm) image size
Given by William Abranowicz, 2009
Photographs Collection
NPG x133029

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  • Valentine Lawford (1911-1991), Diplomat and partner of Horst P. Horst. Sitter in 1 portrait.

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  • Place made and portrayed: United States (Oyster Bay, New York, United States)

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Current affairs

Hurricane-force winds batter southern England, blowing-down trees, and damaging buildings, blocking roads and causing 19 deaths. The storm was not predicted by the Met Office, a fact that is often jeeringly referred to by quoting Michael Fish's response to a report that 'there was a hurricane on the way…don't worry… there isn't' (the report was actually referring to Florida, not the UK).

Art and science

Alan Bennett's series of monologues Talking Heads is aired by the BBC. The series featured a set of characters that show the secret lives of the English: their dreams, frustrations, and fantasies. The impressive cast included Dame Thora Hird, Patricia Routledge, Maggie Smith, Julie Walters and Bennett himself.

International

The second largest ever one-day percentage decline in the stock market is named Black Monday. The Dow Jones index in the USA dropped dramatically followed by similar drops around the world. It is still unclear what exactly caused the crash, although worldwide panic selling certainly made it escalate.
Terry Waite is taken hostage while trying to negotiate the release of four men held by the Islamic Jihad in Beirut.

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