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George Melly

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George Melly, by Lewis Morley, 1960s - NPG P512(15) - © Lewis Morley Archive / National Portrait Gallery, London

© Lewis Morley Archive / National Portrait Gallery, London

George Melly

by Lewis Morley
bromide print, 1960s
7 3/4 in. x 9 5/8 in. (195 mm x 243 mm)
Given by the photographer, Lewis Morley, 1992
Primary Collection
NPG P512(15)


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

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As a jazz singer, Melly sang with Mick Mulligan's Magnolia Jazz Band (1946-61) and from 1974 with John Chilton's Feetwarmers. His early experiences in the Royal Navy and as an assistant at the London Gallery are recalled in Rum, Bum, and Concertina (1977) and Don't Tell Sybill (1997). With Willy Fawkes (Trog), he wrote the Strip cartoon Flook (1956-1971). From 1965-1973 Melly was the Observer critic for (successively) pop music, film and TV, and has since widely lectured on art. Other books include owning up (1964), The Media Mob, (with Barry Fantoni, 1980) and works on surrealism and primitive art. He is seen in this photograph taken in the 1960s reading a newspaper.

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