1 portrait of John Osborne
by Jane Bown
bromide print on card mount, 1979
10 1/8 in. x 15 1/8 in. (256 mm x 383 mm)
Given by Jane Bown and The Observer, 1981
Sitterback to top
- John James Osborne (1929-1994), Playwright, autobiographer and actor. Sitter in 21 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Jane Bown (1925-2014), Photographer. Artist associated with 73 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.
Events of 1979back to top
Current affairsMargaret Thatcher becomes the first woman Prime Minster. She came to power with the electoral slogan, 'Labour isn't working', and set about her aim to reverse Britain's economic decline by reducing the role of the state in the economy and championing entrepreneurship and the free market.
Art and scienceMonty Python's Life Of Brian, is released causing controversy, but gaining box-office success and classic status. The film is in many ways a classic farce, with much of its humour deriving from the mistaken identity of the protagonist, Brian Cohen. But, as his mother tells us: 'He's not the messiah, he's a very naughty boy.'
InternationalMother Teresa is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 'for work undertaken in the struggle to overcome poverty and distress, which also constitute a threat to peace.' Mother Theresa established the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India; an organisation that pledged to give 'Wholehearted and Free service to the poorest of the poor.'
Soviet troops invade Afghanistan and begin a 10-year occupation, resisted by Mujaheddin Afghan guerrilla fighters.