Sir Eduardo Paolozzi
2 of 21 portraits of Sir Eduardo Paolozzi
Sir Eduardo Paolozzi
by John Deakin
bromide print, 1952
11 7/8 in. x 10 1/4 in. (301 mm x 260 mm)
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Sitterback to top
- Sir Eduardo Luigi Paolozzi (1924-2005), Sculptor and graphic artist. Sitter in 21 portraits, Artist of 14 portraits.
Artistback to top
- John Deakin (1912-1972), Photographer. Artist associated with 11 portraits, Sitter in 10 portraits.
This portraitback to top
John Deakin was a photographer who worked for Vogue during the early 1950s before he was fired because of his dissipated lifestyle. His life propping up the bar in the pubs and clubs of Soho enabled him, however, to take extraordinarily unflinching photographs of a wide group of artists, writers and other bohemians, including Francis Bacon, who used his photographs as the basis for paintings, Lucian Freud, Dylan Thomas and Louis MacNeice. This photograph of the sculptor Eduardo Paolozzi in his youth is characteristic of Deakin's work: full frontal and raw, it has been taken without using any tricks of the photographer's trade and instead relies on the relationship between photographer and sitter, creating an image of dark-eyed impassivity.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Freestone, Clare (appreciation) Wright, Karen (appreciation), Ida Kar Bohemian Photographer, 2011 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 10 March to 19 June 2011), p. 39
- Rogers, Malcolm, Camera Portraits, 1989 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 20 October 1989 - 21 January 1990), p. 263
- Saumarez Smith, Charles, The National Portrait Gallery: An Illustrated Guide, 2000, p. 208
- Saumarez Smith, Charles, The National Portrait Gallery, 1997, p. 208
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 479
Events of 1952back to top
Current affairsKing George VI is found dead in his bed in Sandringham; he had been suffering from lung cancer. His daughter Elizabeth, who was in Kenya at the time, became Queen, the only monarch not to know the precise moment of her accession as her father was alone when he died. Elizabeth was crowned the following year.
Art and scienceSamuel Beckett's play, Waiting for Godot is performed for the first time in Paris. The play belongs to the Theatre of the Absurd style, which influenced playwrights such as Harold Pinter and Tom Stoppard.
Agatha Christie's play The Mousetrap opens in London. It is still going.