by Cecil Beaton
bromide print on white card mount, 1936
9 1/4 in. x 6 3/4 in. (236 mm x 170 mm)
Given by Cecil Beaton, 1968
Sitterback to top
- Constant Lambert (1905-1951), Composer, conductor and critic. Sitter in 33 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Cecil Beaton (1904-1980), Photographer, designer and writer. Artist associated with 1106 portraits, Sitter associated with 357 portraits.
Events of 1936back to top
Current affairsFollowing the death of his father George V, Edward succeeds to the throne as King Edward VIII, but chooses to abdicate in order to marry the American divorcee, Wallis Simpson. Edward was the only monarch every to voluntarily relinquish the throne.
Art and scienceThe Spitfire, designed by Reginald Mitchell, has its maiden flight. The RAF and other allied forces used the plane extensively and to great effect during the Second World War.
Television broadcasting begins. Although the BBC had been transmitting television since 1930, regular service did not begin until 1936, when the 'BBC Television Service' (now BBC One) was broadcast from Alexandra Palace.