by Madame Yevonde
bromide print, February 1959
6 1/4 in. x 4 3/4 in. 159 mm x 121 mm
Given by Madame Yevonde, 1971
Sitterback to top
- Ronald William Fordham Searle (1920-2011), Artist and illustrator. Sitter in 19 portraits, Artist of 1 portrait.
Artistback to top
- Madame Yevonde (1893-1975), Photographer. Artist associated with 332 portraits, Sitter in 8 portraits.
Placesback to top
- Place made and portrayed: United Kingdom: England, London (Ronald Searle's studio, 32 Newton Road, Paddington, London)
Subjects & Themesback to top
Events of 1959back to top
Current affairsHarold Macmillan wins the general election with an increased majority, returning to office as Conservative prime minister. The victory was the result of perceived economic improvement under the Conservative government, and his (misquoted) boast: 'you've never had it so good.' During his premiership he earned the nickname 'Supermac', coined by cartoonist, Victor 'Vicky' Weisz.
Art and scienceClaudia Jones organises the first West Indian-style carnival in the country, starting the tradition of the annual Notting Hill carnival. The event was a response to the race riots of 1958, and an attempt to celebrate West Indian culture and help overcome racial prejudice by giving the whole community the opportunity to join in the event.
InternationalFidel Castro becomes leader of Cuba. After defeating the American-backed Batista government, Castro's revolutionary army arrived in Havana on 8th January where Castro proclaimed himself Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. Within a month, Prime Minister José Miró Cardona had resigned, and Castro took over.
In Tibet, an uprising against Chinese rule is brutally crushed, and the Dalai Lama flees to India, beginning his long exile.
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