Whitechapel Art Gallery
Whitechapel Art Gallery
by Lord Snowdon
gelatin silver print, 10 April 1964
10 1/8 in. x 15 in. (257 mm x 382 mm) image size
Given by Antony Charles Robert Armstrong Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon, 2013
Sitterback to top
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
During the 1950s-60s, the Whitechapel art gallery was vitally important in bringing the work of international artists to a London audience, such as Mark Rothko (1961), Robert Rauschenberg (1964) and Jasper Johns (1964). From 1952-69, director Bryan Robertson established a diverse exhibitions programme which introduced a new generation of artists. This photograph was taken during exhibition The New Generation: 1964 which captured the spirit of this new era with artworks by David Hockney, Bridget Riley, John Hoyland, Paul Huxley, Derek Boshier and Brett Whiteley, among others. Robertson received an OBE in 1961 for his services to the arts.
Placesback to top
- Place made and portrayed: United Kingdom: England, London (Whitechapel Art Gallery, London)
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Snowdon: A Life in View (26 September 2014 - 21 June 2015)
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 reign 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.