by Jeff Stultiens
oil on canvas, 1986-1987
77 3/4 in. x 51 7/8 in. (1975 mm x 1318 mm)
Commissioned as part of the First Prize, 1985 John Player Portrait Award, 1987
Sitterback to top
- (George) Basil Hume (1923-1999), Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster. Sitter in 11 portraits.
This portraitback to top
The Cardinal is shown with a table given to him as a leaving present by colleagues at Ampleforth. It was made locally in Yorkshire by Robert Thompson's Craftsmen - the firm's trademark carved mouse is visible on the pedestal.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 320
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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