1 portrait of Bob Geldof
by Lord Snowdon
gelatin silver print, 1986
16 in. x 11 7/8 in. (407 mm x 303 mm) paper size; 15 1/4 in. x 11 1/2 in. (387 mm x 293 mm) image size
Given by Lord Snowdon, 2013
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Sitterback to top
- Bob Geldof (1954-), Singer; Boomtown Rats and organiser of Band Aid, Live Aid and Sports Aid. Sitter in 9 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Lord Snowdon (1930-2017), Photographer; former husband of Princess Margaret. Artist of 279 portraits, Sitter in 17 portraits.
Events of 1986back to top
Current affairsHampton Court Palace is devastated by fire. Much of the third floor and the roof of the building were destroyed, although, thanks to the courage of the fire fighters, only one painting and one piece of furniture were ruined.
Prince Andrew, Duke of York, marries Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey.
Art and sciencePoems on the Underground, the brainchild of American writer Judith Chernaik, is launched by London Underground. A rolling programme of poems is displayed in tube train carriages, bringing contemporary and classic poetry to commuters.
The Independent Newspaper is first published.
Artists, Gilbert and George win the Turner Prize.
InternationalAn explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power station leads to nuclear meltdown in the reactor and causes massive nuclear contamination over Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, western Europe, the UK and Ireland, and even North America. The 2005 Chenobyl Forum attributed 56 direct deaths to the disaster and estimated that 9,000 people may die from some form of cancer as a result of exposure to radiation.
Exhibitions and displays
- Out of the Shadows: Portraits by the Douglas Brothers
Until 28 January 2018
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