© estate of Nancy Sharp / National Portrait Gallery, London
by Nancy Culliford Sharp Click on the links below to find out more
oil on canvas, 1973
30 in. x 23 7/8 in. (762 mm x 608 mm)
Accepted in lieu of tax by H.M. Government and allocated to the Gallery, 2003
With the international oil crisis, and British coal miners 'working to rule' (a form of partial strike), Prime Minister Edward Heath implements the 'three day week' for industry in order to prolong fuel stocks.
Art and science
Pink Floyd release Dark Side of the Moon
. The album opens with the sound of a heartbeat and instead of a set of individual songs, each track merges into the next to create a continuous piece of music. The LP was one of the most commercially successful albums of all time.
The Arab-Israeli conflict continues with the Yom Kippur War. Egypt and Syria invaded Israel followed shortly by Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. The conflict lasted for just 18 days before a UN ceasefire was put into place. The events led to an increase in the price of Arab oil, causing economic problems in the West.