by William Bowyer
oil on board, 1986
32 in. x 27 5/8 in. (813 mm x 702 mm)
Sitterback to top
- Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander ('Viv') Richards (1952-), Cricketer. Sitter in 1 portrait.
This portraitback to top
The cricketer 'Viv' Richards, born in Antigua, was a prolific batsman and charismatic captain of the West Indian test side. He began his first class career in 1972 and two years later qualified for Somerset. He played for the county until the controversial ending of his contract in 1986. In 1976 his test aggregate of 1,710 runs at an average of 90 set a record. He is seen in this portrait at the crease.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Gibson, Robin; Clerk, Honor, 20th Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery Collection, 1993, p. 37
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 520
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.