Photograph © National Portrait Gallery, London
by Leonard Baskin
bronze relief, 1978
33 1/2 in. x 22 1/2 in. (851 mm x 572 mm)
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American sculptor, Baskin, was a close friend of Ted Hughes and illustrated a number of his books.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 319
Subjects & Themesback to top
Events of 1978back to top
Current affairsThe country is brought to a virtual standstill as workers in the private and public sector strike over the government's decision to restrict wage increases. As more workers joined the strikes rubbish piled up in the streets, patrol stations ran short, and storage space had to be hired for unburied coffins. The period became known as the 'winter of discontent'.
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