11 of 11 portraits of Maxwell Knight
by John Gay
vintage bromide print, 1956
10 1/8 in. x 8 in. (257 mm x 203 mm)
Bequeathed by executors of Marie Anita Gay (Mrs John Gay), 2003
Sitterback to top
- Maxwell Knight (1900-1968), Naturalist, writer, broadcaster and head of MI5. Sitter in 11 portraits.
Artistback to top
- John Gay (1909-1999), Photographer. Artist of 278 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.
Events of 1956back to top
Current affairsThe first supermarket opens in Britain. Inspired by the new innovation in America, Jack Cohen opened his first Tesco supermarket in Essex.
The First Clean Air Act is passed in response to the 'Pea Soup' smog over London.
Art and sciencePop Art is seen for the first time in the This is Tomorrow exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery. The exhibition included Richard Hamilton's iconic collage: What is it that makes today's homes so different, so appealing?
John Osborne's play Look Back in Anger opens at the Royal Court Theatre, introducing the phrase 'Angry young man' to describe the new movement of gritty, post-war realism in literature.