3 of 5 portraits by United Press Associations
© reserved; collection National Portrait Gallery, London
by United Press Associations
vintage print, 23 September 1954
6 5/8 in. x 8 3/8 in. (169 mm x 212 mm) image size
Given by Terence Pepper, 2014
Sitterback to top
- Audrey Williams (1902-1978), Archaeologist; second wife of William Francis Grimes. Sitter in 1 portrait.
Events of 1954back to top
Current affairsRoger Bannister runs the four-minute mile. Bannister was the first man to achieve the 'miracle mile', a feat that was thought by some to be impossible, beating his rival, the Australian John Landy, to the record. Bannister went on to a career as a distinguished neurologist.
Food rationing ends in Britain.
Art and scienceJ.R.R. Tolkien publishes the first two parts of the Lord of the Rings trilogy: The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers. Tolkien was an Oxford professor of Anglo-Saxon language and literature and drew on his scholarly interests in history, language and mythology to create the fictional land of Middle Earth where the books are set.
Williams Golding publishes, Lord of the Flies.