Christine Keeler

1 portrait

Christine Keeler, by Lewis Morley, 1963 - NPG P512(13) - © Lewis Morley Archive / National Portrait Gallery, London

© Lewis Morley Archive / National Portrait Gallery, London

Christine Keeler

by Lewis Morley
bromide print, 1963
20 in. x 16 1/4 in. (508 mm x 413 mm)
Given by the photographer, Lewis Morley, 1992
Primary Collection
NPG P512(13)

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Sitterback to top

Artistback to top

  • Lewis Morley (1925-2013), Photographer. Artist of 303 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.

This portraitback to top

Lewis Morley's photograph of Christine Keeler sitting naked the wrong way round on a copy of a Arne Jacobsen chair sold by Habitat has become one of the defining images of the 1960s. A combination of pin-up and icon, suggestive both of sexual liberation and at the same time of the penalties of sexual exploitation, it occupies a morally ambiguous universe. It was taken in May 1963, when Christine Keeler came to Lewis Morley's studio over the Establishment Club in Greek Street to be photographed to promote a film on the Profumo Affair. One of the prints was stolen and published in the Sunday Mirror.

Linked publicationsback to top

  • Pepper, Terence, Lewis Morley: Photographer of the Sixties, 1989 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 15 September 1989 - 7 January 1990), p. 17
  • Saumarez Smith, Charles, The National Portrait Gallery: An Illustrated Guide, 2000, p. 211
  • Saumarez Smith, Charles, The National Portrait Gallery, 1997, p. 211
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 346