1 portrait on display in the Room 31 showcase at the National Portrait Gallery
by Francis Goodman
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 30 October 1949
Bequeathed by the estate of Francis Goodman, 1989
Sitterback to top
- Anna Mahler (1904-1988), Austrian sculptor; daughter of Gustav Mahler. Sitter in 1 portrait.
Artistback to top
- Francis Goodman (1913-1989), Photographer. Artist of 1306 portraits, Sitter in 6 portraits.
This portraitback to top
In the year of this photograph, the Kenneth Graham Gallery in London exhibited her sketches and busts, and in 1950, a book of her work was published by Paul Zsolnay.
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Francis Goodman: Back In Focus (22 April 2013 - 3 November 2013)
Events of 1949back to top
Current affairsFollowing the Republic of Ireland Act in 1948, the Irish Free State becomes the Republic of Ireland and leaves the Commonwealth. The functions previously given to the King were handed to the President of Ireland.
The Second Parliament Act diminishes the power of the House of Lords, reducing their authority to delay bills from two years to one.
Art and scienceGeorge Orwell publishes his dystopian novel, 1984. The book imagines a future where totalitarian governments rule; their power based on continual war abroad, and overwhelming propaganda and surveillance at home. With 'Big Brother' keeping a constant check on the citizens' actions and thoughts, the individual loses the faculties of free will and independent thought.
InternationalThe People's Republic of China is created after the Communist Party wins the Civil War. China became a communist country under Mao Zedong.
Cold War tensions increase as Germany is split into the democratic Federal Republic of Germany in the west (a union of the post-war British, French and American sectors), and the communist German Democratic Republic, in the east.
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