by Bill Brandt
bromide print on card mount, 1955
13 5/8 in. x 11 1/2 in. (345 mm x 292 mm)
Sitterback to top
- (Edward Henry) Gordon Craig (1872-1966), Theatre director, designer and wood-engraver, son of Ellen Terry. Sitter in 24 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Bill Brandt (1904-1983), Photographer. Artist of 120 portraits, Sitter in 34 portraits.
This portraitback to top
When Craig was photographed by Brandt in the 1950s his minimal designs, which were formally thought of as too advanced in England, were beginning to have substantial influence. Photographed in Vence, South of France where Craig lived in the last years of his life.
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Events of 1955back to top
Current affairsRobert Anthony Eden becomes prime minister. In May 1955 Winston Churchill resigned due to ill health. His successor proved to be a similarly popular leader, winning an increased majority at the general election that year. Eden's popularity was due to a combination of his long wartime service, good looks and charm.
Art and scienceMary Quant introduces the 'Chelsea Look' with her Bazaar boutique. In the 1960s Quant was a major contributor to 'swinging London' introducing some of the seminal items of 1960s fashion: the miniskirt, hot pants, paint-box make-up and plastic raincoats.
InternationalWest Germany joins NATO, prompting the East European Communist counties to respond by forming the Warsaw Pact. The signatories of the Warsaw Pact pledged to defend each other if any member was attacked. This development was a major event in the Cold War as it firmly established the East and West as opposing military powers.
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