Sir Edward Heath
Sir Edward Heath
by Derek Hill
oil on canvas, 1972
19 7/8 in. x 27 7/8 in. (505 mm x 708 mm)
Given by Sir Edward Heath Charitable Foundation, 2011
Artistback to top
- (Arthur) Derek Hill (1916-2000), Artist, writer and organiser of exhibitions. Artist associated with 9 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.
This portraitback to top
This portrait was painted at the Prime Minister's country residence at Chequers, mid-way through Heath's premiership and is surprisingly informal, depicting the statesman in casual dress. The portrait hung in Heath's study at Arundells, his home in Salisbury.
Placesback to top
- Place made and portrayed: United Kingdom: England, London (sitter's home, Chequers Court, Ellesborough, Buckinghamshire)
Events of 1972back to top
Current affairsBritain joins the European Community. After two attempts both vetoed by President Charles De Gaulle of France, Britain is finally accepted into the EC under the pro-European leadership of Edward Heath.
British soldiers shoot 14 unarmed protesters in the Bloody Sunday massacre. The men were part of a march through Londonderry, protesting about the policy of internment without trial.
Art and scienceDavid Bowie releases The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars; a classic glam-rock concept album with the themes of space aliens, gender ambiguity and rock 'n' roll superstardom.
InternationalThe arrest of five men who were caught trying to bug the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee marks the beginning of the 'Watergate Scandal'. The scandal centred on attempts to spy on the Democratic opposition in order to help President Nixon's re-election, and finally led to Nixon's resignation two years later.
Black September Palestinian terrorists murder 11 Israeli athletes at the Olympic Games in Munich.