by John Gay
bromide fibre print, published July 1948
11 3/8 in. x 8 7/8 in. (290 mm x 224 mm)
Given by John Gay, 1993
Artistback to top
- John Gay (1909-1999), Photographer. Artist of 295 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Fryer, Jonathan, Character Sketches: Soho in the Fifties and Sixties, 1998, p. 14
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- John Gay - Portraits in print (29 July 2006 - 3 December 2006)
Subjects & Themesback to top
Events of 1948back to top
Current affairsPrince Charles is born in Buckingham Palace; he is the first son of Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh
The Secretary of State for Health, Aneurin Bevan, introduces the National Health Service. Health services in Britain were now funded from central taxation and free at the point of use for every resident of the country.
Art and scienceThe First Morris Minor car designed by Alec Issigonis and his team (also responsible for the Mini) takes to the road, becoming a popular and classic English design.
F.R. Leavis publishes his influential study of the English novel, The Great Tradition. The book set out Leavis's ideas on the proper relationship between literary form and moral concern.
InternationalThe policy of Apartheid is adopted in South Africa. Apartheid was a set of laws allowing racial segregation and discrimination against the black majority by the white ruling class.
As part of the dispute between Western and Soviet controlled Berlin, the Soviet Union blockades West Berlin, cutting off supplies. Anxious to avoid a conflict, America, Britain and France responded by flying in food and other provisions.
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