Sir David Hare
© National Portrait Gallery, London; commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery with the support of J.P. Morgan through the Fund for New Commissions
Sir David Hare
by Paula Rego
pastel on paper laid on board, 2005
51 1/8 in. x 48 3/8 in. (1300 mm x 1230 mm)
Commissioned; made possible by J.P. Morgan through the Fund for New Commissions, Sir Christopher Ondaatje and the Art Fund, 2005
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Rego described this portrait as a painting 'with the whole of theatre in it'. The suggestion that a performance is taking place is characteristic of her work. Commenting on the lamb, a prop she made herself, she said: 'The things I couldn't get into David's face I put into the sheep's face it goes well with him and looks after him.'
Linked publicationsback to top
- Howgate, Sarah; Nairne, Sandy, A Guide to Contemporary Portraits, 2009, p. 31
Events of 2005back to top
Current affairsLondon suffers its worst bomb attack since the Second World War when four devises are detonated during rush hour on public transport. Three of the bombs went off on tube trains, and one on a bus killing 56 people and injuring 700. A Leeds-based terror cell of British born or raised Islamic extremists committed the attacks.John Sentamu becomes the first black Archbishop of the Church of England.
Art and scienceAs part of the international Make Poverty History campaign, ten Live 8 concerts are held simultaneously around the world to coincide with the meeting of the G8 and persuade the world's richest countries to 'drop the debt' owed by the world's poorest countries, increase aid to the world's poorest people and negotiate fairer international trade rules.
International1,836 die in America as a result of Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent flooding. The hurricane was the most costly in US history and one of the most deadly. It caused the levees of Lake Pontchartrain to break, which flooded 80% of New Orleans. About one million people evacuated the city while 25,000 stayed behind, many taking refuge in the city's Superdome.
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