John Davan Sainsbury, Baron Sainsbury of Preston Candover

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John Davan Sainsbury, Baron Sainsbury of Preston Candover

by Daphne Todd
oil on birch panel, 2001
60 1/4 in. x 42 1/8 in. (1530 mm x 1070 mm) uneven
Commissioned, 2001
Primary Collection
NPG 6590

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  • Daphne Todd (1947-), Painter. Artist or producer of 5 portraits.

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Daphne Todd trained at the Slade and was President of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters (1994-2000). In 1983 she received second prize in the John Player Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery. The sittings for this portrait partly took place at the National Gallery with the Sainsbury Wing as a backdrop. Her portraits of Dame Janet Baker, Spike Milligan and Christopher Ondaatje are also in the Gallery collection.

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Labour wins a second landslide general election victory campaigning on improvements to public services based on private finance projects. The Conservative party proved itself to be out-of-touch by ignoring public services and campaigning on the issue of Britain's membership of the EU. The day after the election William Hague resigned as leader of the Conservative Party.

Art and science

The Eden Project opens in Cornwall. The eco-centre, conceived by Tim Smit, replicates tropical and temporal climates and houses plants from all over the world in two domed biomes. The project is both a large-scale scientific experiment to study the environmental changes in different biomes over time, and a visitor attraction teaching the public about the natural environment.


On 11th September (9/11) America comes under foreign attack for the first time since Pearl Harbour when Islamic Fundamentalist terrorists hijack four planes, flying two into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre, and one into the Pentagon; the fourth plane crashed in a field.
George Bush launches his 'War on Terror' by invading Afghanistan to overthrown the Taliban and capture Osama bin Laden, leader of al-Qaeda.

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