2 of 7 portraits of Anthony Blunt
by Lord Snowdon
gelatin silver print, 24 October 1963
15 1/8 in. x 11 7/8 in. (383 mm x 303 mm) paper size; 12 1/8 in. x 11 7/8 in. (308 mm x 303 mm) image size
Given by Antony Charles Robert Armstrong Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon, 2013
Sitterback to top
- Anthony Frederick Blunt (1907-1983), Art historian and Soviet spy. Sitter in 7 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Antony Charles Robert Armstrong Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon (1930-2017), Photographer, film-maker and designer; former husband of Princess Margaret. Artist or producer of 285 portraits, Sitter in 22 portraits.
This portraitback to top
A distinguished art historian and Director of the Courtauld Institute, Blunt was appointed Surveyor of the Queen's Pictures in 1952, and knighted in 1956. He is shown here viewing a slide of a painting by Picasso.
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Snowdon: A Life in View (26 September 2014 - 21 June 2015)
Events of 1963back to top
Current affairsThe Secretary of State for War, John Profumo is found to have lied to the House of Commons when he denied having an affair with the showgirl, Christine Keeler. The Profumo Affair was a public scandal for the Conservative party, and ultimately contributed to the resignation of Harold Macmillan.
Art and scienceDoctor Who is first broadcast on the BBC with William Hartnell playing the Doctor. This long running science fiction series about an alien Time Lord who travels through time and space in his police-box-shaped Tardis has been watched by generations of viewers (often from behind the back of the sofa), and features imaginative, but traditionally low-budget, special effects, innovative electronic music, and the Doctor's greatest enemy, the Daleks.
InternationalJohn F. Kennedy is assassinated in Texas. The arrest of Lee Harvey Oswald for his murder did not prevent a score of conspiracy theories involving Cuba, the CIA, the KGB, and the Mafia among others.
Martin Luther King delivers his 'I have a dream' speech, marking an important moment in the civil rights movement in America and helping to secure him the Nobel Peace Prize' in 1964.
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