Noel Gilroy Annan, Baron Annan
Noel Gilroy Annan, Baron Annan
by Glynn Anthony Williams
Hopton Wood limestone bust, 1993
29 3/4 in. (755 mm) high
Sitterback to top
- Noel Gilroy Annan, Baron Annan (1916-2000), Administrator and writer. Sitter in 9 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Glynn Anthony Williams (1939-), Sculptor and Professor of Sculpture. Artist of 1 portrait, Sitter in 1 portrait.
This portraitback to top
Annan's prominent domed forehead and expression of alert intelligence in this large and powerful portrait bust are a monument to the Oxbridge dons who in the 1950s and 1960s made a significant contribution to public life.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saumarez Smith, Charles, The National Portrait Gallery: An Illustrated Guide, 2000, p. 230
- Saumarez Smith, Charles, The National Portrait Gallery, 1997, p. 230 Read entry
I have always liked the fact that the late twentieth-century collection should be dominated by the large and powerful portrait bust of Noel Annan, who is not necessarily well known to the general public but whose career as an academic politician epitomises the post-war liberal consensus. After a distinguished career in military intelligence, Annan went back to King's College, Cambridge, as a politics don, became Provost aged 39 and then migrated to the corridors of power in London by becoming Provost of University College, London. His prominent domed forehead and expression of alert intelligence are a monument to the Oxbridge dons who in the 1950s and 1960s made a significant contribution to public life.
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 13
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Icons and Idols: Commissioning Contemporary Portraits (2 March 2006 - 18 June 2006)
Events of 1993back to top
Current affairsThe Conservative Party is attacked in the media for 'sleaze'. Two MP's resign over sex scandals, two over the 'cash-for-questions affair', and one dies in bizarre and embarrassing circumstances. Journalist Max Clifford was responsible for exposing many of the scandals.
Black teenager Stephen Lawrence is murdered in a racist attack by a gang of white youths.
Art and scienceRachel Whiteread wins the Turner Prize for her sculpture House; a concrete cast of the inside of a Victorian terraced house in East London. Controversy was caused by the work itself, by it winning the Turner Prize, and by the decision of Tower Hamlets council to demolish the sculpture.
British inventor James Dyson revolutionises the vacuum cleaner with his eponymous design.
InternationalCzechoslovakia is divided into two countries: the Slovak Republic (Slovakia) and the Czech Republic. The division was peaceful and democratic and so became known as the 'Velvet Divorce', recalling the 'Velvet Revolution' of 1989 by which Communism in Czechoslovakia was overthrown through peaceful mass demonstrations.
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