It was 60 years ago today that Queen Elizabeth II was declared Queen.
Pictured: Little Elizabeth stands in a field picking flowers circa 1930. As the eldest child, Elizabeth, often called “Lilibet” by her family, was treasured among family members, including her father, who snapped this photo.
from the Victoria and Albert Museum: “This bust of a black boy shows similarities in style to a sculpture of a standing black boy in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. The Rijksmuseum figure is signed ‘JOANNES CLAUD DE COC …. Anno 1704’, making it possible that both sculptures are the work of the Flemish artist Joannes Claudius de Cock. Another possibility is that the V&A bust is a later work by a different artist inspired by the de Cock figure.
De Cock’s choice of a black subject for the standing figure and (possibly) bust may be unusual, but African people, particularly young men and boys, were not an uncommon sight in cosmopolitan Antwerp where de Cock spent much of his working life. The city’s historic trading links and increasing involvement in the transatlantic slave trade contributed to the growth of a black community. At present it is unclear whether the bust is intended to represent a particular individual or a ‘type’ of person.”
President John F. Kennedy watches his daughter Caroline as she touches a snowman made for her on the White House driveway, Washington, D.C. Chief Gardener of the White House Robert Redman stands right of the snowman. White House Press Secretary Pierre Salinger watches from behind Caroline.