2 of 17 portraits of Carel Weight
by John Minton
20 3/8 in. x 11 in. (517 mm x 280 mm) uneven, double-sided
Sitterback to top
- Carel Victor Morlais Weight (1908-1997), Painter and teacher of art. Sitter in 17 portraits, Artist of 2 portraits.
Artistback to top
- John Minton (1917-1957), Painter and illustrator. Artist of 5 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
This portraitback to top
The artist Minton was also a teacher at the Royal College at the time this drawing was made, and there is another study of Weight on the back of this drawing.
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Life lines: Recently acquired 20th Century drawings (31 October 2009 - 25 April 2010)
Events of 1949back to top
Current affairsFollowing the Republic of Ireland Act in 1948, the Irish Free State becomes the Republic of Ireland and leaves the Commonwealth. The functions previously given to the King were handed to the President of Ireland.
The Second Parliament Act diminishes the power of the House of Lords, reducing their authority to delay bills from two years to one.
Art and scienceGeorge Orwell publishes his dystopian novel, 1984. The book imagines a future where totalitarian governments rule; their power based on continual war abroad, and overwhelming propaganda and surveillance at home. With 'Big Brother' keeping a constant check on the citizens' actions and thoughts, the individual loses the faculties of free will and independent thought.
InternationalThe People's Republic of China is created after the Communist Party wins the Civil War. China became a communist country under Mao Zedong.
Cold War tensions increase as Germany is split into the democratic Federal Republic of Germany in the west (a union of the post-war British, French and American sectors), and the communist German Democratic Republic, in the east.
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