© National Portrait Gallery, London
by Humphrey Ocean (Humphrey Anthony Erdeswick Butler-Bowdon) Click on the links below to find out more
oil on canvas, 1996
41 in. x 32 1/8 in. (1041 mm x 816 mm)
Tony Benn gave the artist ten sittings between January and April 1996. Depicted behind him on the studio wall are other paintings by Humphrey Ocean.
The largest ever IRA bomb is detonated in Manchester causing the destruction of many buildings and over 200 injuries. Nobody died in the incident because a warning was given and the area evacuated. After the bombing much of Manchester was rebuild and in 1998 it won a successful bid to host the 2002 Commonwealth Games.Prince Charles and Princess Diana finalise their divorce after four years of separation.
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