by John Gay
vintage bromide print, published March 1953
10 1/8 in. x 8 in. (256 mm x 202 mm)
Bequeathed by executors of Marie Anita Gay (Mrs John Gay), 2003
Sitterback to top
- Harry Wheatcroft (1898-1977), Champion rose grower and communist. Sitter in 2 portraits.
Artistback to top
- John Gay (1909-1999), Photographer. Artist of 295 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- John Gay - Portraits in print (29 July 2006 - 3 December 2006)
Events of 1953back to top
Current affairsA combination of low pressure in the North Sea, hurricane force winds, and high tides result in the Great Flood of 1953. With no warning system many were trapped in their homes as 20-foot waves crashed on the coast; hundreds were killed at sea and on the east coast.
John Hunt's British Expedition conquers Everest. News of the achievement reached Britain on the day of Elizabeth's coronation.
Art and scienceFrances Crick and James Watson discover the double helix structure of DNA. Uncovering DNA's chemical make-up revolutionised our understanding of the building blocks of life.
Ian Fleming publishes his first James Bond novel, Casino Royal.
Chad Varah founds 'The Samaritans' helpline.
InternationalJoseph Stalin dies four days after suffering a stroke. It has been suggested that Stalin was assassinated, as he was denied medical assistance for over a day after he was found; many suspect that he was poisoned. On his death Georgy Malenkov became leader of the Soviet Union.
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