Sir Hardy Amies
Sir Hardy Amies
by John French
vintage print, 1953
12 in. x 8 3/4 in. (304 mm x 221 mm) image size
Given by Terence Pepper, 2014
Sitterback to top
- Sir (Edwin) Hardy Amies (1909-2003), Couturier; dressmaker for Queen Elizabeth II; Head of Special Operations Executive in Belgium during World War II. Sitter in 21 portraits.
Artistback to top
- John French (1906-1966), Photographer. Artist of 4 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
Events of 1953back to top
Current affairsA combination of low pressure in the North Sea, hurricane force winds, and high tides result in the Great Flood of 1953. With no warning system many were trapped in their homes as 20-foot waves crashed on the coast; hundreds were killed at sea and on the east coast.
John Hunt's British Expedition conquers Everest. News of the achievement reached Britain on the day of Elizabeth's coronation.
Art and scienceFrances Crick and James Watson discover the double helix structure of DNA. Uncovering DNA's chemical make-up revolutionised our understanding of the building blocks of life.
Ian Fleming publishes his first James Bond novel, Casino Royal.
Chad Varah founds 'The Samaritans' helpline.
InternationalJoseph Stalin dies four days after suffering a stroke. It has been suggested that Stalin was assassinated, as he was denied medical assistance for over a day after he was found; many suspect that he was poisoned. On his death Georgy Malenkov became leader of the Soviet Union.
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