Jon Silkin

© Ruth Dupré / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Jon Silkin

by Ruth Dupré
bromide print, 1999
16 in. x 16 in. (405 mm x 405 mm)
Purchased, 2000
Photographs Collection
NPG x88367

Sitterback to top

  • Jon Silkin (1930-1997), Poet. Sitter in 2 portraits.

Artistback to top

  • Ruth Dupré, Photographer. Artist or producer of 18 portraits.

Events of 1999back to top

Current affairs

Following referendums in 1997, The Scottish Parliament is opened and Welsh Assembly established in 1999. The new Scottish Parliament has the powers to pass legislation and alter tax. The Welsh Assembly currently has less legislative authority but controls a budget for Wales and can amend legislation passed by Westminster.
The House of Lords Act removes all but 92 Hereditary Lords from the second chamber.

Art and science

Tom Stoppard and Marc Norman's film, Shakespeare in Love wins the Oscar for Best Picture. The film, starring Joseph Fiennes, Gwyneth Paltrow, Judi Dench, Geoffrey Rush, and Colin Firth, among other British screen stars, provides a fictitious account of the events that inspired William Shakespeare to write Romeo and Juliet.

International

NATO begins a bombing campaign against the government of Yugoslavia following the breakdown of the Rambouillet Accords that attempted to grant Kosovo autonomy within Serbia under NATO administration. After nearly three months of bombing, Slobodan Milosevic agreed to allow a peacekeeping force to enter Kosovo and the province was placed under a United Nations Interim Administration.

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