by Leonard William McComb
oil on canvas, 2003
96 1/8 in. x 72 in. (2440 mm x 1830 mm) overall
Given by Estate of Leonard McComb, 2019
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- Leonard William McComb (1930-2018), Artist. Artist of 6 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
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McComb met Howard on the London underground on the way to the Lord Mayor’s banquet. Howard agreed to model in front of Lambeth Bridge. He wears an elaborate uniform he hand-embroidered with the repeated heraldic shield of Lambeth, a task that took 500 painful hours with his arthritic hands.
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Current affairsBiological weapons expert, David Kelly commits suicide after being questioned by the government over allegations that the Iraq weapons dossier had been 'sexed-up' by the government. The Hutton Inquiry into Kelly's death concluded that he had taken his own life and that the BBC's claim was unfounded, leading to the Director General's resignation. No stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction were found in Iraq after the 2003 invasion.
Art and scienceEngland wins the Rugby World Cup in the final against Australia. The match was exceptionally close with Australia equalising with just two and a half minutes of extra time remaining. 21 seconds before the end of the match, England's fly-half Jonny Wilkinson scored a drop-goal, winning the match and the tournament.
InternationalAmerica leads an invasion of Iraq after accusing the country of building Weapons of Mass Destruction. Initial success was achieved with the toppling of Saddam Hussein's government and George Bush's declaration of the end of major conflict - 'Mission Accomplished' - within two months of the invasion. The conflict, however, was not over, and British and American troops continued fighting with insurgents to stabilise the country.
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