21 of 21 portraits of Tom Stoppard
by Bill Brandt
bromide print on card mount, 1978
13 1/2 in. x 11 1/2 in. (343 mm x 292 mm)
Given by Bill Brandt, 1982
Artistback to top
- Bill Brandt (1904-1983), Photographer. Artist of 120 portraits, Sitter in 34 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Photographed in the year in which Stoppard wrote Night and Day, a play about restrictive practices in journalism.
Events of 1978back to top
Current affairsThe country is brought to a virtual standstill as workers in the private and public sector strike over the government's decision to restrict wage increases. As more workers joined the strikes rubbish piled up in the streets, petrol stations ran short, and storage space had to be hired for unburied coffins. The period became known as the 'winter of discontent'.
Art and scienceLouise Brown from Oldham in Greater Manchester becomes the world's first 'test-tube baby'. The 'in vitro' fertilisation procedure was a scientific breakthrough that has given thousands of infertile couples the opportunity to conceive.
Iris Murdoch wins the Booker prize with her novel. The Sea, the Sea.
InternationalKarol Józef Wojtyla becomes Pope John Paul II. He was the only Polish Pope and the first non-Italian Pontiff since the 16th century. During his 26-year pontificate, John Paul was recognised for his efforts to reach out to other religions and his fight against poverty and oppression. He has also, however, been criticised for his conservative attitudes towards divorce, contraception, homosexual marriage and the ordination of women priests.
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