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Richard Hamilton

by Michael Cooper
bromide fibre print, 1966
11 in. x 16 in. (278 mm x 407 mm) image size
Purchased, 2006
Photographs Collection
NPG x128572

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  • Richard Hamilton (1922-2011), Painter. Sitter in 13 portraits, Artist or producer of 2 portraits.

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  • Michael Cooper (1941-1973), Photographer. Artist or producer associated with 4 portraits.

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Hamilton is here pictured in front of one of his relief works made between 1965 and 1966 based on Frank Lloyd Wright's design for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. An exploration of the architectural process, Hamilton produced six reliefs in different finishes such as gold-leaf and high gloss black, each of which serve to reveal specific structural qualities in Wright's design.

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Current affairs

The English football team wins against West Germany at the World Cup Final in Wembley.
144 people, including 116 children, die in the Aberfan disaster when a colliery waste tip slides down a mountain in Wales.
Ian Brady and Myra Hindley are sentence to life imprisonment for the brutal Moors Murders.

Art and science

Tom Stoppard's first play Rosencrantz and Gildenstern are Dead premiers. This absurdist play uses two minor characters from Hamlet to explore the existential themes of free will versus determinism and the futility of language.
Seamus Heany publishes his first volume of poems, Death of a Naturalist.


The Cultural Revolution is launched in China in order to bring Chinese culture and society in line with communist ideals. It was also, however, an attempt by Mao Zedong to regain control of the country after the mistakes of the Great Leap Forward.
Archbishop of Canterbury, Arthur Michael Ramsey meets Pope Paul VI, the first official meeting between the Roman Catholic and Anglican Churches for 400 years.

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