1 of 8 portraits of Robert Maxwell
by Michael Frith
60 in. x 40 1/4 in. (1525 mm x 1022 mm)
Sitterback to top
- (Ian) Robert Maxwell (1923-1991), Newspaper proprietor and publisher. Sitter in 8 portraits.
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- Michael Frith (1951-), Painter and illustrator. Artist of 2 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.
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The East-European born entrepreneur, publisher and newspaper magnate Robert Maxwell came to England in 1940 and in the post-war years built up his publishing business at Pergamon Press. A Labour MP for Buckingham (1964-70), Maxwell bought Mirror Group Newspapers in 1984. After his mysterious death at sea in 1991 his financial empire was the subject of investigation.
Events of 1987back to top
Current affairsHurricane-force winds batter southern England, blowing-down trees, and damaging buildings, blocking roads and causing 19 deaths. The storm was not predicted by the Met Office, a fact that is often jeeringly referred to by quoting Michael Fish's response to a report that 'there was a hurricane on the way…don't worry… there isn't' (the report was actually referring to Florida, not the UK).
Art and scienceAlan Bennett's series of monologues Talking Heads is aired by the BBC. The series featured a set of characters that show the secret lives of the English: their dreams, frustrations, and fantasies. The impressive cast included Dame Thora Hird, Patricia Routledge, Maggie Smith, Julie Walters and Bennett himself.
InternationalThe second largest ever one-day percentage decline in the stock market is named Black Monday. The Dow Jones index in the USA dropped dramatically followed by similar drops around the world. It is still unclear what exactly caused the crash, although worldwide panic selling certainly made it escalate.
Terry Waite is taken hostage while trying to negotiate the release of four men held by the Islamic Jihad in Beirut.
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