1 portrait of Tony Benn
by Cecil Beaton
pencil, early 1970s?
8 7/8 in. x 6 7/8 in. (226 mm x 176 mm)
Accepted in lieu of tax by H.M. Government and allocated to the Gallery, 1991
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Sitterback to top
- Anthony Wedgwood ('Tony') Benn (1925-2014), Politician; Chairman of the Labour Party. Sitter in 21 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Cecil Beaton (1904-1980), Photographer, designer and writer. Artist associated with 1088 portraits, Sitter associated with 354 portraits.
Events of 1970back to top
Current affairsEdward 'Ted' Heath wins a surprise victory for the Conservative party at the general election, becoming Prime Minister. Opinion polls had predicted a comfortable Labour victory, but with a failing economy, the Tories snatched a narrow last minute majority.
Art and scienceGermaine Greer publishes The Female Eunuch, an influential feminist text arguing that women's sexuality and capacity for action are repressed by the family and their roles in society. Greer suggested that women should get to know their bodies and become empowered by their sexuality. The book was an international best seller.
InternationalFour aircraft are hijacked by Palestinian terrorists. The planes were landed in Cairo, Jordan and London and the hijackers demanded the release of Political Prisoners in exchange for the hostages. Several prisoners were returned and three of the planes were blown up after most of the hostages were release.Four students are shot dead by national guardsmen during a protest against the Vietnam War in America.
Exhibitions and displays
- A Century of Photography, 1840-1940
Until 1 October
- Portrait of the Day: William John Christopher Vassall
6 April, 12:30