Nelson Mandela

Photograph © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Nelson Mandela

by Ian Homer Walters
bronze bust, 2008, based on a work of 2001
26 in. x 22 7/8 in. (660 mm x 580 mm) overall
Purchased, 2009
Primary Collection
NPG 6868

On display in the Entrance Hall on Floor 0 at the National Portrait Gallery

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  • Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (1918-2013), President of South Africa; President of the African National Congress. Sitter in 6 portraits.

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This bust was modelled from life over the course of two weeks. It is one of a number of portraits of Mandela made by Ian Walters, including two public sculptures in London on the South Bank and in Parliament Square. As an artist, Walters had unprecedented access to Mandela.

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Current affairs

Labour wins a second landslide general election victory campaigning on improvements to public services based on private finance projects. The Conservative party proved itself to be out-of-touch by ignoring public services and campaigning on the issue of Britain's membership of the EU. The day after the election William Hague resigned as leader of the Conservative Party.

Art and science

The Eden Project opens in Cornwall. The eco-centre, conceived by Tim Smit, replicates tropical and temporal climates and houses plants from all over the world in two domed biomes. The project is both a large-scale scientific experiment to study the environmental changes in different biomes over time, and a visitor attraction teaching the public about the natural environment.

International

On 11th September (9/11) America comes under foreign attack for the first time since Pearl Harbour when Islamic Fundamentalist terrorists hijack four planes, flying two into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre, and one into the Pentagon; the fourth plane crashed in a field.
George Bush launches his 'War on Terror' by invading Afghanistan to overthrown the Taliban and capture Osama bin Laden, leader of al-Qaeda.

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