5 of 32 portraits of Alec Douglas-Home
by Bernard Lee ('Bern') Schwartz
dye transfer print, 16 June 1978
9 7/8 in. x 8 3/4 in. (250 mm x 222 mm)
Given by Bernard Lee Schwartz Foundation, 2007
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Sitterback to top
- Alexander Frederick Douglas-Home, Baron Home of the Hirsel (1903-1995), Prime Minister. Sitter in 32 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Bernard Lee ('Bern') Schwartz (1914-1978), Photographer. Artist of 143 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
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.