9 of 13 portraits of Norman Parkinson
© Trevor Leighton / National Portrait Gallery, London
by Trevor Leighton
bromide fibre print, 13 May 1981
10 in. x 8 in. (254 mm x 204 mm)
Given by Norman Parkinson, 1989
Sitterback to top
- Norman Parkinson (1913-1990), Photographer. Sitter in 13 portraits, Artist of 242 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Trevor Leighton (1957-), Photographer. Artist associated with 249 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.
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.