3 of 9 portraits of Bob Geldof
© Mike Owen / National Portrait Gallery, London
by Mike Owen
bromide print, 1980
12 1/8 in. x 11 5/8 in. (307 mm x 295 mm)
Given by Mike Owen, 1986
Sitterback to top
- Bob Geldof (1954-), Singer; Boomtown Rats and organiser of Band Aid, Live Aid and Sports Aid. Sitter in 9 portraits.
Events of 1980back to top
Current affairsMargaret Thatcher makes one of her most famous speeches, living up to her nickname of 'the Iron Lady'. The speech was given to the Conservative Party conference in Brighton in response to the media speculation that the party would go back on its counter-inflationary policies: 'The lady's not for turning!'
Art and scienceJohn Lennon is murdered on the steps of his house. After fatally shooting him, Mark David Chapman calmly sat down on the pavement and waited to be arrested by police. Chapman had a history of mental illness and claimed that he had committed the murder as a way of getting attention.
InternationalIraq invades Iran, beginning eight years of conflict. The invasion followed years of border disputes, but was precipitated by the 1979 revolution in Iran and the resulting instability which Saddam Hussein saw as an opportunity to expand Iraqi influence in the region. Despite early gains for Iraq, the conflict soon descended into a war of attrition with huge causalities caused by Iraq's use of chemical weapons.
Exhibitions and displays
- Out of the Shadows: Portraits by the Douglas Brothers
Until 28 January 2018
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