by Polly Borland
C-type colour print, 19 February 1997
14 5/8 x 11 5/8 in. (370 mm x 295 mm)
Sitterback to top
- Peter Benjamin Mandelson, Baron Mandelson (1953-), Labour politician and president of Policy Network. Sitter in 4 portraits.
Placesback to top
- Place made and portrayed: United Kingdom: England, London (Labour Party offices, Millbank, London)
Events of 1997back to top
Current affairsThe Labour party - re-branded as New Labour - win a spectacular landslide election and Tony Blair becomes Prime Minister. Their electoral campaign promised that 'things can only get better' and that their priorities would be 'education, education, education.' While New Labour's 'third way' centralist approach put off some party traditionalists, it secured the popular vote.
Princess Diana and her lover Dodi Fayed die in a car crash in Paris.
Art and scienceJ.K. Rowling publishes Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the first of seven fantasy books chronicling the life of Harry and his friends at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry: learning magic, breaking school rules, romantic entanglements and their struggles against the evil Lord Voldemort.
Scientists at the Roslin Institute in Scotland announce that they have cloned the first mammal from an adult cell: '6LL3', or Dolly the Sheep.