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Henry Cooper

11 of 29 portraits on display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery

Henry Cooper, by William Redgrave, 1969 - NPG 6925 - Photograph © National Portrait Gallery, London

Photograph © National Portrait Gallery, London

Henry Cooper

by William Redgrave
bronze bust, 1969
16 3/8 in. (415 mm) high
Purchased, 2011
Primary Collection
NPG 6925


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  • Sir Henry Cooper (1934-2011), Boxer; heavyweight champion and Olympian. Sitter in 6 portraits.

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  • William Redgrave (1903-1986), Artist. Artist of 1 portrait, Sitter in 1 portrait.

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Current affairs

The Open University is established, based on the vision of Michael Young. Its aims were to offer the chance to study for higher education qualifications on a part time and distance learning basis, giving people who were unable to attend a traditional university because of family, work commitments or disability the opportunity to achieve university degrees.

Art and science

The comedy sketch show Monty Python's Flying Circus is first broadcast. The Pythons performed surreal sketches that reinvented the comedy tradition, eschewing punch lines for a stream-of-consciousness structure and incongruous authorial interventions: 'and now for something completely different'. Kenneth Tynan's Oh! Calcutta amuses and shocks audiences with full nudity on stage, taking advantage of the recent end to censorship laws.

International

Neil Armstrong takes 'one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind' when he becomes the first man on the moon. Concorde makes its first supersonic flight. The plane was designed, developed and manufactured by a joint treaty between the French and English governments.

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