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Grand Prix drivers

by Arnold Newman
bromide print, 1979
12 1/2 in. x 11 in. (318 mm x 279 mm)
Given by The Sunday Times, 1980
Primary Collection
NPG P150(50)

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Artistback to top

  • Arnold Newman (1918-2006), Photographer. Artist of 62 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

This portraitback to top

Left to right: Jackie Stewart, World Champion 1969, 1971, 1973, won 27 Grands Prix; (above) Stirling Moss, won 16 Grands Prix and 178 other races; John Surtees, World Champion 1964, won six Grands Prix, ; James Hunt, World Champion 1976, won 11 Grands Prix

Linked publicationsback to top

  • Huntington-Whiteley, James, The Book of British Sporting Heroes, 1998 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 16 October 1998 to 24 January 1999), p. 176
  • Perry, George, The Great British: Photographs by Arnold Newman, 1979 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 30 November 1979 - 11 May 1980), p. 113
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 735

Events of 1979back to top

Current affairs

Margaret Thatcher becomes the first woman Prime Minster. She came to power with the electoral slogan, 'Labour isn't working', and set about her aim to reverse Britain's economic decline by reducing the role of the state in the economy and championing entrepreneurship and the free market.

Art and science

Monty Python's Life Of Brian, is released causing controversy, but gaining box-office success and classic status. The film is in many ways a classic farce, with much of its humour deriving from the mistaken identity of the protagonist, Brian Cohen. But, as his mother tells us: 'He's not the messiah, he's a very naughty boy.'

International

Mother Teresa is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 'for work undertaken in the struggle to overcome poverty and distress, which also constitute a threat to peace.' Mother Theresa established the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India; an organisation that pledged to give 'Wholehearted and Free service to the poorest of the poor.'
Soviet troops invade Afghanistan and begin a 10-year occupation, resisted by Mujaheddin Afghan guerrilla fighters.

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