8 of 39 portraits of Margaret Thatcher
by Rodrigo Moynihan
oil on canvas, 1983-1985
49 3/4 in. x 40 in. (1265 mm x 1015 mm)
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Sitterback to top
- Margaret Hilda Thatcher (née Roberts), Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven (1925-2013), Prime Minister. Sitter in 39 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Rodrigo Moynihan (1910-1990), Painter. Artist associated with 8 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
This portraitback to top
This portrait of Thatcher in 10 Downing Street was commissioned after the General Election of 1983, when the Conservative party was re-elected.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Gibson, Robin, Treasures from the National Portrait Gallery, 1996, p. 129
- Ribeiro, Aileen, The Gallery of Fashion, 2000, p. 245
- Ribeiro, Aileen; Blackman, Cally, A Portrait of Fashion: Six Centuries of Dress at the National Portrait Gallery, 2015, p. 252
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 611
- Various contributors, National Portrait Gallery: A Portrait of Britain, 2014, p. 244
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Icons and Idols: Commissioning Contemporary Portraits (2 March 2006 - 18 June 2006)
Events of 1983back to top
Current affairsMargaret Thatcher wins a landslide majority for the Conservative Party at the general election. Although her premiership had previously been unpopular, the British victory in the Falklands coupled with divisions in Michael Foot's Labour opposition, helped her to gain popularity and win the most decisive election victory since 1945.
Art and scienceThe British sitcom Blackadder is aired for the first time. Each of the four series followed the character of the anti-hero Edmund Blackadder and took place during a different period of British history. The first series, The Black Adder, was a satire of medieval England during the rein of the fictitious Richard IV, and frequently lifted famous lines from Shakespeare.
InternationalThe armed struggle between Tamil militants and the Sinhalese-dominated government of Sri Lanka begin with the Black July pogrom. Mobs (allegedly supported by the government) started attacking and murdering Tamils following an attack by Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam on government soldiers. Civil war between the government and Tamil nationalists has continued sporadically ever since.
- Lecture: Margaret Thatcher: A Life and Legacy
6 July, 19:00