by Polly Borland
C-type colour print, October 1999
15 5/8 in. x 19 1/2 in. (396 mm x 495 mm)
Sitterback to top
- Germaine Greer (1939-), Writer and broadcaster; Professor of English and Comparative Studies. Sitter in 9 portraits.
This portraitback to top
This empowering yet light-hearted photograph of a mature woman was taken by Polly Borland for the National Portrait Gallery exhibition Australians (2000). Greer says of the sitting: 'It was my idea to take my clothes off because I did not fancy being portrayed on my bed like an old lady in a nursing home in me cardigan. I don't usually have any clothes on in that room and I don't have any clothes on for a good half of my life.'
Linked publicationsback to top
- Cave, Nick (preface) Conrad, Peter (introduction) Ginnane, Virginia (interviews), Polly Borland: Australians, 2000 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 25 May - 17 September 2000), p. 39
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
Events of 1999back to top
Current affairsFollowing 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 scienceTom 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.
InternationalNATO 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.
See this portrait
On display at The Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne