1 portrait on display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
by Bryan Organ
acrylic on canvas, 1980
70 in. x 70 1/8 in. (1778 mm x 1782 mm)
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The first painted portrait of Prince Charles to enter the NPG collection was commissioned by the Gallery's Trustees in 1980. The following year the artist was commissioned to paint the Princess of Wales, shortly before her wedding. In this portrait the prince's relaxed presentation is strikingly modern. He wears polo clothes, a sport he played for forty years.
Linked publicationsback to top
- I-Spy National Portrait Gallery, 2010, p. 51
- Cooper, John, Great Britons: The Great Debate, 2002, p. 158
- Gibson, Robin, Treasures from the National Portrait Gallery, 1996, p. 123
- Gibson, Robin; Clerk, Honor, 20th Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery Collection, 1993, p. 4
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 117
- Williamson, David, Kings and Queens, 2010, p. 166
- Williamson, David, The National Portrait Gallery: History of the Kings and Queens of England, 1998, p. 167
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Artists and sitters (From 21 April 2007)
- Icons and Idols: Commissioning Contemporary Portraits (2 March 2006 - 18 June 2006)
Subjects & Themesback to top
Events of 1980back to top
Current affairsMargaret Thatcher makes one of her most famous speeches, living up to her nickname of 'the Iron Lady'. The speech was given to the Conservative Party conference in Brighton in response to the media speculation that the party would go back on its counter-inflationary policies: 'The lady's not for turning!'
Art and scienceJohn Lennon is murdered on the steps of his house. After fatally shooting him, Mark David Chapman calmly sat down on the pavement and waited to be arrested by police. Chapman had a history of mental illness and claimed that he had committed the murder as a way of getting attention.
InternationalIraq invades Iran, beginning eight years of conflict. The invasion followed years of border disputes, but was precipitated by the 1979 revolution in Iran and the resulting instability which Saddam Hussein saw as an opportunity to expand Iraqi influence in the region. Despite early gains for Iraq, the conflict soon descended into a war of attrition with huge causalities caused by Iraq's use of chemical weapons.
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