by Jane Bown
gelatin silver print, 1969
12 1/2 in. x 18 7/8 in. (318 mm x 480 mm) image size
Sitterback to top
- Florence Margaret ('Stevie') Smith (1902-1971), Poet and novelist. Sitter in 7 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Jane Bown (1925-2014), Photographer. Artist associated with 73 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.
This portraitback to top
The Observer reported Smith's award of the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry, using an alternative pose of the portrait displayed here. Variant pose published in the Observer, 9 November 1969
Linked publicationsback to top
- Bown, Jane, Exposures, 2009, p. 60
Events of 1969back to top
Current affairsThe Open University is established, based on the vision of Michael Young. Its aims were to offer the chance to study for higher education qualifications on a part time and distance learning basis, giving people who were unable to attend a traditional university because of family, work commitments or disability the opportunity to achieve university degrees.
Art and scienceThe comedy sketch show Monty Python's Flying Circus is first broadcast. The Pythons performed surreal sketches that reinvented the comedy tradition, eschewing punch lines for a stream-of-consciousness structure and incongruous authorial interventions: 'and now for something completely different'.
Kenneth Tynan's Oh! Calcutta amuses and shocks audiences with full nudity on stage, taking advantage of the recent end to censorship laws.
InternationalNeil Armstrong takes 'one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind' when he becomes the first man on the moon.
Concorde makes its first supersonic flight. The plane was designed, developed and manufactured by a joint treaty between the French and English governments.
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