Christine Keeler

1 portrait

Christine Keeler, by Lewis Morley, June 1963 - NPG x88354 - © Lewis Morley Archive / National Portrait Gallery, London

© Lewis Morley Archive / National Portrait Gallery, London

Christine Keeler

by Lewis Morley
vintage gelatin silver print, June 1963
14 3/8 in. x 9 5/8 in. (365 mm x 245 mm)
Given by Lewis Morley, 1981
Photographs Collection
NPG x88354

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

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One of a series publicity photographs that Morley was commissioned to take for a film about the Profumo Affair planned by Nicholas Luard, proprietor of the Establishment Club. The producers of the film insisted that Keeler was contract-bound to be photographed nude. Morley's suggestion that Keeler sit naked astride the chair, a Heals imitation of an Arne Jacobsen design, allowed her to fulfill the contract but remain hidden. Various poses were shot during the session and this image soon gained notoriety following its first unofficial publication in the Sunday Mirror, 9 June 1963.

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