Dummy Board of a Boy in Costume of the William and Mary Period
Wooden painted screen dating from around 1689-1702. Dummy boards were usually placed in empty spaces, such as a staircase or empty fireplace, in large houses. They may have been amusement pieces, created to trick the eye into thinking the painted boards were real people. This kind of painting, known as trompe l'oeil, was very popular at the time. The boy is pictured wearing fashion typical of the period including, an open coat, long waistcoat, knee length breeches, stockings, a loosely tied cravat, high-heeled buckled shoes and a hat topped with feathers
© RIC, photographer Mike Searle
Elaine Paige : 1984
ELAINE PAIGE 1984: Actress and singer Elaine Paige in London where she received the 'Rear of the Year' award by the British jeans industry. The award was for the 'neatest and most fashionable' bottom during the past year. 23/04/2003: Winners of the Rear of The Year competion: Barbara Windsor, 1976 - who received it as a one-off award; Felicity Kendal, 1981, the first year it became an annual event; Suzi Quatro, 1982; Lulu, 1983; Elaine Paige 1984; Lynsey de Paul 1985; Anneka Rice, 1986 (the same year that Award was presented to its first male recipient-Michael Barrymore);Anita Dobson, 1987; Su Pollard, 1988; Marina Ogilvy, the daughter of Princess Alexandra, became the first Royal winner in 1989; after a two year gap, Ulrika Jonsson won in 1992; Sarah Lanchashire, 1993; Mandy Smith, 1994, after which the competition was switched from spring to autumn; Tracy Shaw, 1996; Melinda Messenger, 1997; Carol Smilie, 1998; Denise van Outen, 1999; Jane Danson, 2000; Claire Sweeney, 2001; Charlotte Church, 2002.
Actor Barry Foster. Best known to TV viewers for his portrayal of Dutch detective Van Der Valk. Born in Nottingham, Barry was brought to Hayes, London, where he started his working life as an organic chemist. He took up acting in 1952 with an Irish touring company. *11/02/02: He died , aged 70. The star had been appearing in the current cast of the West End stage show Art but was taken ill.