5 of 18 portraits of George Melly
by Maggi Hambling
oil on canvas, 1998
66 5/8 in. x 53 7/8 in. (1692 mm x 1369 mm)
Sitterback to top
- (Alan) George Heywood Melly (1926-2007), Jazz singer, critic, writer and lecturer. Sitter in 18 portraits.
This portraitback to top
The painting shows George Melly in two of his other 'incarnations': (left) dressed as his heroine, the jazz singer Bessie Smith and (right) as honorary fellow of John Moores University, Liverpool.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 426
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- George Always: Portraits of George Melly by Maggi Hambling (27 June 2009 - 10 January 2010)
Subjects & Themesback to top
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Events of 1998back to top
Current affairsThe Human Rights Act is passed giving further effect in UK Law to the rights contained in the European Convention on Human Rights. The Act, which came into effect in 2000, gave individuals the opportunity to argue in a British court that their human rights had been breached. As a last resort individuals are still able to take their case to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.
Art and scienceAnthony Gormley's monumental sculpture Angel of the North is erected just outside Gateshead. The sculpture is 20 metres tall and has a wingspan of 54 metres. Despite initial local and press controversy, the work is now considered a landmark of the North of England and cannot be missed from the A1 road or East Coast Mainline railway (the main routes from London to Scotland).
InternationalThe British and Irish governments sign the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement, which is subsequently endorsed by voters in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland at referendums. The Agreement established a new Northern Ireland Assembly, which formed a parliament made up of representatives from different parties. The Assembly has since been suspended and attempts continue for its re-establishment.
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