Peter Lanyon with his daughter Anna Mary Lanyon

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Peter Lanyon with his daughter Anna Mary Lanyon

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1961
Purchased, 1999
Photographs Collection
NPG x132978

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  • Ida Kar (1908-1974), Photographer. Artist or producer associated with 1567 portraits, Sitter in 137 portraits.

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Kar photographed Lanyon with daughter Anna Mary, one of his six children, in the garden of their home at Little Park Owles, Carbis Bay, outside St Ives, that Lanyon had acquired in 1954. Formerly the home of the painter Adrian Stokes, the house was an important centre of artistic activity.

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  • Freestone, Clare (appreciation) Wright, Karen (appreciation), Ida Kar Bohemian Photographer, 2011 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 10 March to 19 June 2011), p. 121 Read entry

    The St Ives-born sculptor Lanyon trained at the Penzance School of Art in Cornwall and briefly attended the Euston Road School in London. His work was greatly inspired by Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth and the Russian constructivist sculptor Naum Gabo, with whom he established a close friendship. Lanyon served with the Royal Air Force during the Second World War, after which he became actively involved with the modernist Crypt Group and the Penwith Society of Arts. During the 1950s he was a leading figure in the St Ives group of artists, establishing his international reputation with a solo exhibition in New York in 1957. Kar photographed Lanyon with his daughter, Anne-Marie, in the garden of their home at Little Park Owles, Carbis Bay, outside St Ives, which Lanyon had acquired in 1954. Formerly the home of Adrian Stokes, the house was an important centre of artistic activity, sheltering Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth during the Second World War.

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Current affairs

Peter Benenson's article The Forgotten Prisoners is published internationally, inspiring the founding of the human rights organisation, Amnesty International.
The philosopher and peace activist Bertrand Russell is imprisoned for inciting civil disobedience during a sit down demonstration at the Ministry of Defence and Hyde Park.
The farthing coin - used in Britain for the last 7 centuries - ceases to be legal tender.

Art and science

Rudolf Nureyev defects from the USSR fearing that the KGB would arrest him for being gay and for fraternising with foreigners. After seeking asylum in Paris he set up home in London at the Royal Ballet and began his famous partnership with Margot Fonteyn.
The satirical magazine, Private Eye is first published.

International

The East German government erects the Berlin Wall, ceasing free movement between East and West Berlin. The barrier prevented citizens of Soviet controlled East Germany from crossing the border into West Germany to work, or to defect.
Yuri Gagarin, the soviet cosmonaut, becomes the first man in space orbiting the earth on the 12th April.

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