Wallis, Duchess of Windsor
Wallis, Duchess of Windsor
by Francis Goodman
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 20 June 1964
Bequeathed by the estate of Francis Goodman, 1989
Sitterback to top
- Wallis, Duchess of Windsor (1896-1986), Wife of Duke of Windsor. Sitter in 199 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Francis Goodman (1913-1989), Photographer. Artist of 1392 portraits, Sitter in 6 portraits.
This portraitback to top
The Duchess of Windsor is shown at a fancy-dress ball hosted by the Comtesse de Rochambeau at her family's chateau at Saint Brice, near Paris. The Daily Express reported: 'The Duke and Duchess were among the first to arrive. They drank pink champagne (the décor in the house was pink too and so were the tents on the lawns). They shone smiles on friends and danced to the Brazilian band.' She appears dressed in a shimmering red cloak and a wig of ostrich feathers.
Related worksback to top
- NPG x195437: Group at Comtesse de Rochambeau's fancy-dress ball (includes the portrait)
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Francis Goodman: Back In Focus (22 April 2013 - 3 November 2013)
Subjects & Themesback to top
Events of 1964back to top
Current affairsHarold Wilson narrowly wins the general election for the Labour Party, the first of his four election victories.
Peter Allen and Gwynne Evans become the last people to be executed in the United Kingdom before capital punishment was abolished in 1965.
The Sun newspaper replaces the Daily Herald.
Art and scienceTop of the Pops begins its rein as the longest running television music show. The first broadcast was presented by Jimmy Savile and included the Rolling Stones, Dusty Springfield, The Hollies and The Beatles, who were the show's first number 1 with I Want to Hold Your Hand.
InternationalThe Civil Rights Act is passed in the USA, outlawing discrimination based on race, colour, religion, sex or national origin. The Act abolished the 'Jim Crow Laws' in the Southern States, making forced segregation illegal.
After spending two years in prison Nelson Mandela is sentenced to Life in Prison for the crimes of sabotage and crimes equivalent to treason against the Republic of South Africa.
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