© William Hustler and Georgina Hustler / National Portrait Gallery, London
by Dorothy Wilding
contact print from half-plate negative, 1956
Given by the photographer's sister, Susan Morton, 1976
Sitterback to top
- Dorothy Wilding (1893-1976), Photographer. Sitter in 30 portraits, Artist associated with 2169 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Dorothy Wilding (1893-1976), Photographer. Artist associated with 2169 portraits, Sitter in 30 portraits.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Pepper, Terence, In Pursuit of Perfection: The Photographs of Dorothy Wilding, 1991 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 5 July 1991 - 29 September 1991), p. 108
- Rideal, Liz, Insights: Self-portraits, 2005, p. 73 Read entry
Now aged sixty-three, Wilding tangibly radiates personality: a glorious grin, zany glasses and impressive jewellery confirm her enduringly positive attitude towards life. Two years later, in 1958, her autobiography In Pursuit of Perfection was published; she then retired.
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- A Question of Identity: Self-Portrait Photographs 1850-2000 (20 September 2005 - 29 January 2006)
Subjects & Themesback to top
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.
InternationalThe Suez Crisis rocked Eden's premiership and marked the decline of British world power and influence in favour of America. In 1956 President Nasser of Egypt nationalised the Suez canal. Although Britain and France, who had owned the canal since the 19th century, invaded Egypt, they were soon persuaded to withdraw by US President Eisenhower who disapproved of the occupation.
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