3 of 4 portraits of Ray Ellington
© estate of Bob Collins / National Portrait Gallery, London
by Bob Collins
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1963
Given by Rudolph John Acton, 2003
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Sitterback to top
- Ray Ellington (Ray Brown) (1916-1985), Jazz musician and bandleader. Sitter in 4 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Bob Collins (1924-2002), Photographer. Artist of 220 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Ellington suggested that it was the mutual appreciation of photography among the members of the Goon Show that helped keep the group together. He favoured dramatic monochrome shots and bought his first stereo camera from Peter Sellers.
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Shooting Stars: Photographs by Bob Collins (17 September 2012 - 21 April 2013)
Events of 1963back to top
Current affairsThe Secretary of State for War, John Profumo is found to have lied to the House of Commons when he denied having an affair with the showgirl, Christine Keeler. The Profumo Affair was a public scandal for the Conservative party, and ultimately contributed to the resignation of Harold Macmillan.
Art and scienceDoctor Who is first broadcast on the BBC with William Hartnell playing the Doctor. This long running science fiction series about an alien Time Lord who travels through time and space in his police-box-shaped Tardis has been watched by generations of viewers (often from behind the back of the sofa), and features imaginative, but traditionally low-budget, special effects, innovative electronic music, and the Doctor's greatest enemy, the Daleks.
InternationalJohn F. Kennedy is assassinated in Texas. The arrest of Lee Harvey Oswald for his murder did not prevent a score of conspiracy theories involving Cuba, the CIA, the KGB, and the Mafia among others.
Martin Luther King delivers his 'I have a dream' speech, marking an important moment in the civil rights movement in America and helping to secure him the Nobel Peace Prize' in 1964.