The Verve

1 portrait of Richard Ashcroft

The Verve, by Chris Floyd, 1998 - NPG x87817 - © Chris Floyd

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The Verve

by Chris Floyd
C-type colour print, 1998
18 7/8 in. x 15 in. (480 mm x 380 mm)
Purchased, 1999
Photographs Collection
NPG x87817

Sittersback to top

  • Richard Ashcroft (1971-), Musician; singer and guitarist for The Verve. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Simon Jones (1972-), Musician; bass guitarist for The Verve. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Nick McCabe (1971-), Musician; guitarist for The Verve. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Peter Salisbury (1971-), Musician; drummer for The Verve. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Simon Tong (1972-), Musician, guitarist and keyboard player for 'The Verve'. Sitter in 1 portrait.

Artistback to top

  • Chris Floyd (1968-), Photographer. Artist of 14 portraits.

This portraitback to top

Led by Wigan-born Richard Ashcroft, The Verve moved out of underground credibility and into mainstream success with the best-selling Urban Hymns album (1997) and the Stones-sampling Bittersweet Symphony (1997). Verve had a Number One single with The Drugs Don't Work in September 1997. The group disbanded when singer songwriter Ashcroft launched his solo career with Alone with Everybody (2000). Chris Floyd's portrait was made in Richmond Park, overlooking London during a break from recording Urban Hymns at a studio in Chiswick.

Linked publicationsback to top

  • Hoare, Philip; Pepper, Terence, Icons of Pop, 1999 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 4 June -19 September 1999), p. 105

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Current affairs

The Human Rights Act is passed giving further effect in UK Law to the rights contained in the European Convention on Human Rights. The Act, which came into effect in 2000, gave individuals the opportunity to argue in a British court that their human rights had been breached. As a last resort individuals are still able to take their case to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

Art and science

Anthony Gormley's monumental sculpture Angel of the North is erected just outside Gateshead. The sculpture is 20 metres tall and has a wingspan of 54 metres. Despite initial local and press controversy, the work is now considered a landmark of the North of England and cannot be missed from the A1 road or East Coast Mainline railway (the main routes from London to Scotland).


The British and Irish governments sign the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement, which is subsequently endorsed by voters in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland at referendums. The Agreement established a new Northern Ireland Assembly, which formed a parliament made up of representatives from different parties. The Assembly has since been suspended and attempts continue for its re-establishment.

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