18 of 22 portraits of Dylan Thomas
© Rosalie Thorne McKenna Foundation; Courtesy Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona Foundation
by Rollie McKenna
bromide print, September 1953
7 1/4 in. x 10 in. (185 mm x 253 mm) image size
Given by Rosalie Thorne McKenna Foundation, 2011
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Placesback to top
- Place made and portrayed: United Kingdom: Wales, Carmarthenshire (sitter's home, the Boat House, Laugharne, Camarthenshire)
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.