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Lucian Freud

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Lucian Freud, by Frank Auerbach, 1981 - NPG 5466 - © Frank Auerbach / Marlborough Fine Art (London) Ltd / National Portrait Gallery, London

© Frank Auerbach / Marlborough Fine Art (London) Ltd / National Portrait Gallery, London

Lucian Freud

by Frank Auerbach
etching, 1981
6 in. x 5 1/2 in. (152 mm x 140 mm)
Purchased, 1981
Primary Collection
NPG 5466


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  • Lucian Freud (1922-2011), Artist. Sitter in 42 portraits, Artist of 5 portraits.

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  • Frank Auerbach (1931-), Painter. Artist of 5 portraits, Sitter in 25 portraits.

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This portrait head was printed from four separate plates printed together.

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Current affairs

Prince Charles marries Lady Diana Spencer at St Paul's Cathedral. A crowd of 600,000 spectators filled the streets to catch a glimpse of the Royal couple, and 750 million viewers watched the event on television. The iconic moment came when Charles and Diana appeased the crowds by breaking royal protocol and kissing on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

Art and science

Andrew Lloyd-Webber's musical Cats, based on T. S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, opens in the West End. The show ran for 21 years. Brideshead Revisited, the 1945 novel by Evelyn Waugh, is adapted for television by John Mortimer. The lavish production featured an all-star cast of Jeremy Irons, Anthony Andrews, Laurence Olivier, Claire Bloom and John Gielgud, setting the bar high for future TV costume dramas.

International

Pope John Paul II is shot by a Turkish gunman in St Peter's Square in Rome. John Paul was rushed to hospital where he recovered, and Mehmet Ali Agca was caught and sentenced to life imprisonment. HIV AIDS is identified in five men in Los Angeles.

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