Sir Max Aitken
1 portrait of William Maxwell Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook
Sir Max Aitken
by Lord Snowdon
gelatin silver print, 17 January 1974
13 7/8 in. x 11 1/4 in. (354 mm x 285 mm) image size
Given by Lord Snowdon, 2013
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Sitterback to top
- Sir John William Maxwell ('Max') Aitken, 2nd Bt (1910-1985), Newspaper publisher; President of Express Newspapers; son of 1st Baron Beaverbrook. Sitter in 5 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Lord Snowdon (1930-2017), Photographer; former husband of Princess Margaret. Artist of 279 portraits, Sitter in 17 portraits.
Events of 1974back to top
Current affairs28 people are killed and hundreds injured in the IRA pub bombings. Two pubs in Guilford popular with army personnel were attacked with gelignite bombs, followed by a pub in Woolwich and then two in Birmingham. 17 people, known as the Guilford Four, the Maguire Seven and the Birmingham Six, were arrested for the bombing but all were eventually found to have been wrongfully imprisoned.
Art and scienceJohn Le Carré publishes his classic spy thriller, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. The novel was later made into a BBC miniseries starring Alec Guinness.
InternationalA one party communist state is established in Ethiopia after a committee of military officers known as the Derg depose Halie Selassie from power.
Greek Cypriot officers depose President Archbishop Makarios III in a coup d'etat sponsored by the Greek Government. Taking advantage of the situation, Turkey sent troops to occupy half the island, proclaiming the Turkish Federal State of Cyprus the following year.
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