1 of 4 portraits of Ken Dodd
by Barry Ernest Fantoni
pencil and gouache, 1978
19 5/8 in. x 13 3/4 in. (498 mm x 350 mm)
Given by Barry Ernest Fantoni, 2006
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Sitterback to top
- Sir Kenneth Arthur ('Ken') Dodd (1927-), Entertainer, comedian, singer and actor. Sitter in 4 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Barry Ernest Fantoni (1940-), Broadcaster, cartoonist and jazz musician. Artist of 17 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Pictured carrying his trademark 'tickling stick'.
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Caricatures by Barry Fantoni (23 June 2007 - 20 September 2007)
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'.
Art and scienceLouise Brown from Oldham in Greater Manchester becomes the world's first 'test-tube baby'. The 'in vitro' fertilisation procedure was a scientific breakthrough that has given thousands of infertile couples the opportunity to conceive.
Iris Murdoch wins the Booker prize with her novel. The Sea, the Sea.