Group at Jouy-en-Josas
Group at Jouy-en-Josas
by Virginia Surtees
vintage snapshot print, September 1948
2 1/4 in. x 3 5/8 in. (58 mm x 91 mm) image size
Given by Virginia Surtees, 1992
Artistback to top
- Virginia Surtees (1917-2017), Author and Rossetti scholar; former wife of Sir (Henry) Ashley Clarke; daughter of Edward Bell. Artist associated with 40 portraits, Sitter in 9 portraits.
Sittersback to top
- Sir Frederick Ashton (1904-1988), Founder-choreographer and Director of the Royal Ballet. Sitter in 31 portraits.
- Anthony Freskyn Charles Hamby Chaplin, 3rd Viscount Chaplin (1906-1981), Amateur zoologist and composer. Sitter in 4 portraits.
- Sir (Henry) Ashley Clarke (1903-1994), Diplomat. Sitter in 17 portraits, Artist associated with 33 portraits.
- Jacques Février (1900-1979), Pianist and teacher. Sitter in 3 portraits.
- Alvilde Lees-Milne (née Bridges) (1909-1994), Gardening and landscape expert; former wife of 3rd Viscount Chaplin, and later wife of James Lees-Milne; daughter of Sir Tom Bridges. Sitter in 4 portraits.
- Moira Shearer (Lady Kennedy) (1926-2006), Ballet dancer, actress and writer. Sitter in 11 portraits.
Events of 1948back to top
Current affairsPrince Charles is born in Buckingham Palace; he is the first son of Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh
The Secretary of State for Health, Aneurin Bevan, introduces the National Health Service. Health services in Britain were now funded from central taxation and free at the point of use for every resident of the country.
Art and scienceThe First Morris Minor car designed by Alec Issigonis and his team (also responsible for the Mini) takes to the road, becoming a popular and classic English design.
F.R. Leavis publishes his influential study of the English novel, The Great Tradition. The book set out Leavis's ideas on the proper relationship between literary form and moral concern.
InternationalThe policy of Apartheid is adopted in South Africa. Apartheid was a set of laws allowing racial segregation and discrimination against the black majority by the white ruling class.
As part of the dispute between Western and Soviet controlled Berlin, the Soviet Union blockades West Berlin, cutting off supplies. Anxious to avoid a conflict, America, Britain and France responded by flying in food and other provisions.