by Edward Bawden
pencil and watercolour, 1986
19 1/4 in. x 25 1/2 in. (489 mm x 648 mm)
Sitterback to top
- Edward Bawden (1903-1989), Painter and illustrator. Sitter in 12 portraits, Artist of 2 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Edward Bawden (1903-1989), Painter and illustrator. Artist of 2 portraits, Sitter in 12 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Bawden's cat, Emma Nelson, seen on the left, featured in many of his later works.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Rogers, Malcolm, Master Drawings from the National Portrait Gallery, 1993 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 5 August to 23 October 1994), p. 195
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 38
Subjects & Themesback to top
Events of 1986back to top
Current affairsHampton Court Palace is devastated by fire. Much of the third floor and the roof of the building were destroyed, although, thanks to the courage of the fire fighters, only one painting and one piece of furniture were ruined.
Prince Andrew, Duke of York, marries Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey.
Art and sciencePoems on the Underground, the brainchild of American writer Judith Chernaik, is launched by London Underground. A rolling programme of poems is displayed in tube train carriages, bringing contemporary and classic poetry to commuters.
The Independent Newspaper is first published.
Artists, Gilbert and George win the Turner Prize.
InternationalAn explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power station leads to nuclear meltdown in the reactor and causes massive nuclear contamination over Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, western Europe, the UK and Ireland, and even North America. The 2005 Chenobyl Forum attributed 56 direct deaths to the disaster and estimated that 9,000 people may die from some form of cancer as a result of exposure to radiation.
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