by Michael Birt
bromide print, 26 February 1981
9 5/8 in. x 9 5/8 in. (246 mm x 246 mm)
Sitterback to top
- Bill Brandt (1904-1983), Photographer. Sitter in 34 portraits, Artist of 120 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Photographed in his flat in Campden Hill. Shown holding open his book Perspective of Nudes (1961).
Placesback to top
- Place made and portrayed: United Kingdom: England, London (sitter's home, Campden Hill, London)
Events of 1981back to top
Current affairsPrince Charles marries Lady Diana Spencer at St Paul's Cathedral. A crowd of 600,000 spectators filled the streets to catch a glimpse of the Royal couple, and 750 million viewers watched the event on television. The iconic moment came when Charles and Diana appeased the crowds by breaking royal protocol and kissing on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
Art and scienceAndrew Lloyd-Webber's musical Cats, based on T. S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, opens in the West End. The show ran for 21 years.
Brideshead Revisited, the 1945 novel by Evelyn Waugh, is adapted for television by John Mortimer. The lavish production featured an all-star cast of Jeremy Irons, Anthony Andrews, Laurence Olivier, Claire Bloom and John Gielgud, setting the bar high for future TV costume dramas.
InternationalPope John Paul II is shot by a Turkish gunman in St Peter's Square in Rome. John Paul was rushed to hospital where he recovered, and Mehmet Ali Agca was caught and sentenced to life imprisonment.
HIV AIDS is identified in five men in Los Angeles.