Sir Isaiah Berlin
5 of 10 portraits by Richard Avedon
Sir Isaiah Berlin
by Richard Avedon
bromide print, 1993
48 1/2 in. x 48 1/2 in. (1232 mm x 1232 mm)
Given by the photographer, Richard Avedon, 1995
Sitterback to top
- Sir Isaiah Berlin (1909-1997), Philosopher and political theorist. Sitter in 11 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Richard Avedon (1923-2004), Fashion photographer. Artist of 10 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
This portraitback to top
This portrait was taken in London in 1993, the year before his retrospective was shown at the National Portrait Gallery.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 53
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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