41 of 47 portraits of Margot Fonteyn
by Sir (Henry) Ashley Clarke
vintage colour snapshot print, Summer 1953
4 3/8 in. x 3 1/4 in. (111 mm x 81 mm) image size
Given by Virginia Surtees, 1992
Artistback to top
- Sir (Henry) Ashley Clarke (1903-1994), Diplomat. Artist associated with 33 portraits, Sitter in 17 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.