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Wenda Parkinson (née Rogerson)

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Wenda Parkinson (née Rogerson), by Norman Parkinson, 1947 - NPG x30067 - © Norman Parkinson Archive/ Iconic Images

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Wenda Parkinson (née Rogerson)

by Norman Parkinson
bromide print on card mount, 1947
19 1/2 in. x 15 3/8 in. (495 mm x 391 mm)
Given by Norman Parkinson, 1981 in conjunction with the NPG exhibition 'Norman Parkinson: 50 Years of Portraits and Fashion'
Photographs Collection
NPG x30067

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  • Norman Parkinson (1913-1990), Photographer. Artist of 242 portraits, Sitter in 13 portraits.

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Wenda Rogerson became Norman Parkinson's third wife when they married in 1947, the year this photograph was taken fro British Vogue as part of a Portfolio entitled 'The Iron Road'. This study of Wenda in a Aquascutum coat and sitting on a GWR (Great Western Railway) bench as the train arrives into a small provincial station. The concept for the fashion story was inspired by the film Brief Encounter (1945), directed by David Lean and starring Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard.

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Current affairs

Princess Elizabeth marries Philip Mountbatten at Westminster Abbey. Philip renounced his title of Prince of Greece and Denmark, to become Duke of Edinburgh when he married the heir to the throne.

Art and science

The first Edinburgh Festival includes performances by Kathleen Ferrier, Alec Guinness and Margot Fonteyn. The Festival is now a major annual international arts event that takes place over three weeks every August, and includes top class performers in theatre, music and dance as well as lesser-known performers who take part in the parallel 'Fringe Festival'.

International

India is granted independence from the British Empire and the former British Raj is partitioned into India and Pakistan. After various revolts and several years of civil disobedience led by Gandhi and his Quit India Movement, Britain agrees to disband the Raj and grant independence to India.
Palestine is partitioned into a Jewish State, an Arab State and a small internationally administered zone.

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Paul Saye

29 December 2016, 07:55

The small provincial station is Pontrilas, halfway between Hereford and Abergavenny. It closed in 1958.

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