Diana, Princess of Wales
Diana, Princess of Wales
by Bryan Organ
acrylic on canvas, 1981
70 in. x 50 in. (1778 mm x 1270 mm)
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This portrait was painted at the time of her engagement to the Prince of Wales and shows her in the Yellow Drawing Room of Buckingham Palace.
Linked publicationsback to top
- National Portrait Gallery: 100 Portraits, p. 132
- Audio Guide
- Cooper, John, A Guide to the National Portrait Gallery, 2009, p. 57
- Cooper, John, Great Britons: The Great Debate, 2002, p. 158
- Parris, Matthew, Heroes and Villains: Scarfe at the National Portrait Gallery, 2003 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 30 September 2003 to 4 April 2004), p. 62
- Ribeiro, Aileen, The Gallery of Fashion, 2000, p. 243
- Ribeiro, Aileen; Blackman, Cally, A Portrait of Fashion: Six Centuries of Dress at the National Portrait Gallery, 2015, p. 254
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 177
- Simon, Jacob, The Art of the Picture Frame: Artists, Patrons and the Framing of Portraits in Britain, 1997 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 8 November 1996 - 9 February 1997), p. 187
- Various contributors, National Portrait Gallery: A Portrait of Britain, 2014, p. 241
- Williamson, David, Kings and Queens, 2010, p. 166
- Williamson, David, The National Portrait Gallery: History of the Kings and Queens of England, 1998, p. 169
Placesback to top
- Place portrayed: United Kingdom: England, London (Yellow Drawing Room, Buckingham Palace, London)
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Events of 1981back to top
Current affairsPrince Charles marries Lady Diana Spencer at St Paul's Cathedral. A crowd of 600,000 spectators filled the streets to catch a glimpse of the Royal couple, and 750 million viewers watched the event on television. The iconic moment came when Charles and Diana appeased the crowds by breaking royal protocol and kissing on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
Art and scienceAndrew Lloyd-Webber's musical Cats, based on T. S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, opens in the West End. The show ran for 21 years.
Brideshead Revisited, the 1945 novel by Evelyn Waugh, is adapted for television by John Mortimer. The lavish production featured an all-star cast of Jeremy Irons, Anthony Andrews, Laurence Olivier, Claire Bloom and John Gielgud, setting the bar high for future TV costume dramas.
InternationalPope John Paul II is shot by a Turkish gunman in St Peter's Square in Rome. John Paul was rushed to hospital where he recovered, and Mehmet Ali Agca was caught and sentenced to life imprisonment.
HIV AIDS is identified in five men in Los Angeles.
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