Anatole de Grunwald
Angus McBean Photograph. © Harvard Theatre Collection, Harvard University.
Anatole de Grunwald
by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1948
11 3/8 in. x 9 1/2 in. (290 mm x 240 mm)
Sitterback to top
- Anatole de Grunwald (1910-1967), Producer, screenwriter and playwright. Sitter in 2 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Angus McBean (1904-1990), Photographer. Artist associated with 276 portraits, Sitter in 79 portraits.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Pepper, Terence, Angus McBean Portraits, 2006 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 5 July to 22 October 2006), p. 70 Read entry
Born in St Petersburg, Russia, and educated at Cambridge and the Sorbonne, De Grunwald was the son of a Tsarist diplomat, and escaped to Britain as a child during the Russian Revolution. He turned from journalism to screenwriting with scripts for Terence Rattigan's French Without Tears and 'Pimpernel' Smith. McBean photographed him at the time of the filming of another Rattigan play, The Winslow Boy, which Grunwald produced and adapted and which McBean had comprehensively photographed during its stage run. McBean photographed a number of other film directors, including Brian Desmond Hurst and David Lean, as well as making a collage portrait of Alfred Hitchcock when he was filming Stagefright.
Events of 1948back to top
Current affairsPrince Charles is born in Buckingham Palace; he is the first son of Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh
The Secretary of State for Health, Aneurin Bevan, introduces the National Health Service. Health services in Britain were now funded from central taxation and free at the point of use for every resident of the country.
Art and scienceThe First Morris Minor car designed by Alec Issigonis and his team (also responsible for the Mini) takes to the road, becoming a popular and classic English design.
F.R. Leavis publishes his influential study of the English novel, The Great Tradition. The book set out Leavis's ideas on the proper relationship between literary form and moral concern.
InternationalThe policy of Apartheid is adopted in South Africa. Apartheid was a set of laws allowing racial segregation and discrimination against the black majority by the white ruling class.
As part of the dispute between Western and Soviet controlled Berlin, the Soviet Union blockades West Berlin, cutting off supplies. Anxious to avoid a conflict, America, Britain and France responded by flying in food and other provisions.
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