February, ST and Hedda leave for an extended trip to Europe. In late March, they are in Palermo and travel in southern Italy. Over the next three months, they travel extensively elsewhere in Italy and also frequent casinos in Monte Carlo and San Remo, among other places. By late June, ST is in Nice visiting his parents.
Date of one of his most oft-reproduced drawings on Italian subjects, the famous 19th-century Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan.
April-May, solo exhibition at the Galleria L’Obelisco, Rome.
July, travels in England, Scotland, and Ireland; late August, returns to New York.
October 3, in Washington, DC, still trying to avoid call-up for the Korean War: “I fear—they want me back in uniform. But I’m putting up a fight.”
November-December, Peter Watson, founder of the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, discusses the possibility of an ST exhibition with Roland Penrose and Herbert Read.
December 6, death of New Yorker editor Harold Ross. William Shawn succeeds him.
Goes to Palm Beach, Florida, to make a series of drawings for LIFE magazine; through about mid-January travels in Florida and the South doing general pictorial research for New Yorker drawings.