1 of 4 portraits of Arthur Askey
by Barry Fantoni
pencil and gouache, 1970
21 in. x 15 1/8 in. (534 mm x 385 mm)
Given by Barry Ernest Fantoni, 2006
Artistback to top
- Barry Ernest Fantoni (1940-), Broadcaster, cartoonist and jazz musician. Artist of 17 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Fantoni shows the veteran performer Askey, who was well known for comic songs, at the piano.
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Caricatures by Barry Fantoni (23 June 2007 - 20 September 2007)
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.