Sir Michael Kemp Tippett
Sir Michael Kemp Tippett
by Martin Rose
acrylic on canvas, 1989
42 1/8 in. x 30 1/8 in. (1070 mm x 765 mm)
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The artist, who comes from Sheffield, was an exhibitor in the Gallery's Portrait Award exhibitions in the early 1980s.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 618
- 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. 190 Read entry
Oak, mitred with hidden square corner tongues, apparently secured by the thick projecting corner pegs, the rebate enlarged to take the glazing slips revealing a cross-section of the thinner wooden dowels at the corners and the centre of each side. 4 inches wide.
It was Peter Cropper, leader of the Lindsay String Quartet, who suggested to Martin Rose that he should paint the composer Michael Tippett, and Rose recalls that the idea for the heavy oak frame came up in conversation with Cropper.1 The use of old English beams embodies an idea of Englishness, a theme of a conversation Rose had had with Tippett. The framemaker, Edward Pontefract of Rochdale, found the old English oak for Rose and made the frame with projecting pegs, rather like the wooden pegs found in traditional beamed roofs (a feature of Cropper's stone-built Edale cottage). There was a lot of effort to place the timbers so that they best matched the workings of the portrait. The frame was made in 1986 for £385; the sight edge was subsequently altered at a cost of £87.50. 'Plain frames', reads Pontefract's trade card, 'Edward Pontefract makes frames and mounts to order, specialising in plain hardwood mouldings'.
1 Telephone conversation with the author, April 1996.
Events of 1989back to top
Current affairs96 people are crushed to death at the Hillsborough football stadium in Sheffield. The accident took place when Liverpool fans were all let into the stadium at once. Incoming crowds crushed people against a fence used to prevent pitch-invasions. Following the Taylor Report into the incident standing terraces and fences between fans and pitch were banned.
Art and scienceFollowing the publication of Anglo-Indian writer Salman Rushdie's novel The Satanic Verses in 1988, the leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, announces that the book is 'blasphemous against Islam' and places a fatwah (death sentence) on Rushdie, who is forced into hiding for several years.
InternationalThe Berlin Wall is dismantled, reunifying East and West Germany and symbolising the end of the Cold War. Following a decision to allow East Berliners to cross the border with valid visas, crowds swarmed the border crossings. Guards soon gave up trying to stop them, and the physical dismantlement of the wall soon began.
Approximately 2,000 Chinese demonstrators are massacred in Tiananmen Square while protesting against the government.
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