by Annie Leibovitz
bromide print, 1970
12 in. x 8 1/4 in. (305 mm x 210 mm) uneven
Given by the photographer, Annie Leibovitz, 1995
Sitterback to top
- John Lennon (1940-1980), Musician; co-founder and singer for The Beatles. Sitter in 74 portraits, Artist of 2 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Annie Leibovitz (1949-), Photographer. Artist of 14 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
This portraitback to top
By the time of Leibovitz's photograph the group had split up and Lennon, married in 1969 to Yoko Ono, had begun a solo career that was to include his most famous song, Imagine (1971). Taken in New York.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 376
Events of 1970back to top
Current affairsEdward 'Ted' Heath wins a surprise victory for the Conservative party at the general election, becoming Prime Minister. Opinion polls had predicted a comfortable Labour victory, but with a failing economy, the Tories snatched a narrow last minute majority.
Art and scienceGermaine Greer publishes The Female Eunuch, an influential feminist text arguing that women's sexuality and capacity for action are repressed by the family and their roles in society. Greer suggested that women should get to know their bodies and become empowered by their sexuality. The book was an international best seller.
InternationalFour aircraft are hijacked by Palestinian terrorists. The planes were landed in Cairo, Jordan and London and the hijackers demanded the release of Political Prisoners in exchange for the hostages. Several prisoners were returned and three of the planes were blown up after most of the hostages were release.
Four students are shot dead by national guardsmen during a protest against the Vietnam War in America.