by Clare Shenstone
conté, circa 1982
59 in. x 51 in. (1500 mm x 1295 mm)
This portraitback to top
Clare Shenstone met Francis Bacon after he had admired her degree show work at the Royal College of Art in 1979. He invited her to make a portrait of him, and over the next two years she made a number of finished drawings, such as this one, as well as sketches, oil paintings and a fabric relief head.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 27
Events of 1982back to top
Current affairsUnemployment hits 3.6 million in the UK, with one in eight people out of work. The crisis came about as a result of industrial modernisation and restructuring. As a result those out of work were referred to as 'Maggie's millions'.
Charles and Diana have their first child, Prince William, who becomes the second in line for the throne.
Art and scienceRichard Attenborough releases his biopic Gandhi, starring Ben Kingsley as the lead. The film was an Anglo-Indian production, featuring a record-breaking 300,000 extras.
The Barbican Arts Centre is opened featuring a concert hall, theatres, cinema screens and an art gallery. In 2003 it was voted London's ugliest building in a BBC poll.
The Thames Barrier opens to protect London from floods due to rising sea levels.
InternationalArgentina occupies the Falkland Islands beginning the Falklands War. Britain retaliated, and after three months of fighting at sea and on land won back the islands. Following the British victory opposition grew in Argentina towards the military government, while in Britain a wave of patriotism helped Margaret Thatcher to win the general election the following year.
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