1 portrait of Augustus John
by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1959
9 1/2 in. x 11 3/8 in. (240 mm x 290 mm)
Sitterback to top
- Augustus Edwin John (1878-1961), Painter. Sitter in 106 portraits, Artist associated with 33 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Ida Kar (1908-1974), Photographer. Artist associated with 1565 portraits, Sitter in 137 portraits.
This portraitback to top
This photograph was taken during a visit to John's studio in Fryern Court, near Fordingbridge in Hampshire. Nicholas Elam wrote in Oxford Opinion (May 1960): 'Augustus John, his fame and bearing that of an old man but his expression intense and aware, determined not to miss a second of the life that remains'.
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- Place made and portrayed: United Kingdom: England, Hampshire (sitter's home, Fryern Court, near Fordingbridge, Hampshire)
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Ida Kar: Bohemian Photographer (10 March 2011 - 19 June 2011)
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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