6 of 8 portraits of Alan Rawsthorne
by Bill Brandt
bromide print on card mount, 1946
12 7/8 in. x 11 1/2 in. (328 mm x 292 mm)
Artistback to top
- Bill Brandt (1904-1983), Photographer. Artist of 120 portraits, Sitter in 34 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Photographed in Bayswater, London, where he moved to in 1935, shortly after composing Cortèges (1945) during two weeks sick leave as a soldier. Published in Lilliput, September 1946. The accompanying text describes Rawsthone; 'He has no apparent musical snobbery, and has successfully tried his hand at works for large and small instrument combinations, for ballet and films'.
Events of 1946back to top
Current affairsThe new Labour government begins to act upon the recommendations of the Beveridge Report (1942) by nationalising The Bank of England and Imperial Communications, bringing in a National Insurance Bill, and setting plans for the National Health Service. Nationalisation of industry and the provision of free healthcare and welfare were the main aims of post-war domestic politics.
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InternationalNazi officials are tried for their part in the War and the Holocaust at Nuremberg. The trials were to prosecute war criminals and the location was chosen because it was the site of the annual Nazi rallies, and therefore seen as a fitting place for the demise of the party. The Nuremberg Trials paved the way for post-war developments in international criminal law.
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