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Alan Bennett, by Tom Wood, 1993 - NPG 6186 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Alan Bennett

by Tom Wood
oil on canvas laid on panel, 1993
43 1/2 in. x 48 in. (1105 mm x 1220 mm)
Commissioned, 1993
Primary Collection
NPG 6186

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  • Tom Wood (1955-), Painter. Artist of 3 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.

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Like the sitter, the artist is from Yorkshire and is known for his somewhat mysterious, idiosyncratic symbolism. The objects in the portrait - the plug and the paper bag - deliberately provoke questions without providing answers.

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Current affairs

The Conservative Party is attacked in the media for 'sleaze'. Two MP's resign over sex scandals, two over the 'cash-for-questions affair', and one dies in bizarre and embarrassing circumstances. Journalist Max Clifford was responsible for exposing many of the scandals. Black teenager Stephen Lawrence is murdered in a racist attack by a gang of white youths.

Art and science

Rachel Whiteread wins the Turner Prize for her sculpture House; a concrete cast of the inside of a Victorian terraced house in East London. Controversy was caused by the work itself, by it winning the Turner Prize, and by the decision of Tower Hamlets council to demolish the sculpture. British inventor James Dyson revolutionises the vacuum cleaner with his eponymous design.


Czechoslovakia is divided into two countries: the Slovak Republic (Slovakia) and the Czech Republic. The division was peaceful and democratic and so became known as the 'Velvet Divorce', recalling the 'Velvet Revolution' of 1989 by which Communism in Czechoslovakia was overthrown through peaceful mass demonstrations.

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