by Tom Phillips
oil on board, 1984-1985
11 7/8 in. x 10 in. (301 mm x 255 mm)
Sitterback to top
- Brian Peter George St John Baptiste de la Salle Eno (1948-), Musician, producer and artist; member of the band Roxy Music. Sitter in 6 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Tom Phillips (1937-2022), Artist, writer and composer; Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery. Artist or producer of 22 portraits, Sitter in 6 portraits.
This portraitback to top
As well as being a leading portraitist, Phillips is a writer and composer. Phillips taught Eno, who studied painting, at Ipswich Art School in the late 1960s.
Events of 1984back to top
Current affairsThe Provisional IRA bomb the Grand Hotel in Brighton where various politicians, including the Prime Minister, where staying for the annual Conservative Party conference. The bomb killed five people including a conservative MP, but no members of the cabinet. Thatcher began the next session of the conference the following morning at 9.30 as planned saying: 'all attempts to destroy democracy by terrorism will fail.'
Art and scienceDr Alec Jeffreys discovers that patterns in an individual's DNA can be identified and that each person has a unique 'genetic fingerprint'. The technique was soon utilised by forensic scientists to help in criminal investigations, and in order to identify human remains, for paternity testing, and to match organ donors.
Ted Hughes is appointed poet Laureate.