© National Portrait Gallery, London
Alan John Percivale Taylor
by Maggi Hambling Click on the links below to find out more
oil on canvas, 1988
21 in. x 17 in. (533 mm x 432 mm)
- Maggi Hambling (1945-), Painter. Artist of 8 portraits, Sitter in 14 portraits.
A. J. P. Taylor was in failing health at the time of the portrait, but the artist was able to draw on memories of his compelling television presence, putting history across as though he were telling secrets.
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 604
- Simon, Jacob, The Art of the Picture Frame: Artists, Patrons and the Framing of Portraits in Britain, 1997 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 8 November 1996 - 9 February 1997), p. 191
A Pan Am jumbo jet is brought down by a bomb over Lockerbie in Scotland, killing 259 passengers and 11 people on the ground. The Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary launched Britain's largest criminal investigation before convicting a Libyan intelligence officer of planting the bomb.
Art and science
Professor Stephen Hawking publishes his popular book on cosmology, A Brief History Of Time
.Damien Hirst and his fellow Goldsmiths students organise the exhibition Freeze
in a disused block in the Docklands. The exhibition launched the careers of many of the young British artists (YBAs) associated with Brit Art including Gary Hume, Michael Landy, Sarah Lucas, Angus Fairhurst, and Anya Gallaccio.
Iraq drops poison gas on the Iraqi Kurdish city of Halabja, killing thousands of civilians. The city was held at the time by Iranian forces and Iraqi Kurdish rebels, although there was initially some debate over which side was responsible for the atrocity. It was the largest-scale chemical attack on civilians in modern times.