by Nerissa Stephen Garnett
oil on canvas, circa 1970
29 7/8 in. x 40 1/8 in. (759 mm x 1019 mm)
Bequeathed by David Garnett, 1982
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After returning from France at the end of the First World War, David Garnett, who had been associated with the Bloomsbury Group since childhood, opened a bookshop in Bloomsbury with Francis Birrell. His Lady into Fox (1922) was published to great acclaim and was later turned into a ballet (1939), as was his The Sailor's Return of 1925 (1947). The editor of a number of volumes, he acted as the literary editor of the New Statesman in 1939, before working in the Air Ministry during the war. In 1942 he married Angelica Vanessa, daughter of the Bloomsbury artists Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell. This portrait was painted by the Garnetts' daughter Nerissa.
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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.