'The Establishment' cast (John Fortune; Eleanor Bron; John Bird; Jeremy Geidt)

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'The Establishment' cast (John Fortune; Eleanor Bron; John Bird; Jeremy Geidt), by Lewis Morley, 1960s - NPG x125249 - © Lewis Morley Archive / National Portrait Gallery, London

© Lewis Morley Archive / National Portrait Gallery, London

'The Establishment' cast (John Fortune; Eleanor Bron; John Bird; Jeremy Geidt)

by Lewis Morley
toned bromide print, 1960s
11 1/2 in. x 15 in. (291 mm x 380 mm)
Given by Lewis Morley, 1989
Photographs Collection
NPG x125249


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Sittersback to top

  • John Bird (1936-), Comedian. Sitter in 3 portraits.
  • Eleanor Bron (1938-), Actress and writer. Sitter in 5 portraits.
  • John Fortune (1939-2013), Actor and director. Sitter in 2 portraits.
  • Jeremy Geidt (1930-2013), Actor, comedian and children's television presenter. Sitter in 1 portrait.

Artistback to top

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

This portraitback to top

The Establishment Club was the first satirical nightclub in London, co-founded and run by Peter Cook. Open from 1961 to 1964, it had a big impact on British comedy, particularly political satire. The four performers shown here, John Fortune (b.1939), Eleanor Bron (b.1934), John Bird (b.1936) and Jeremy Geidt, were the Club's original cast, key figures in comedy at the time. It was at the Establishment Club that Barry Humphries first performed as Edna Everage, and Frankie Howerd revived his career.
Morley rented rooms above the Establishment Club premises at 18 Greek street in Soho and became the 'semi-official' photographer of the satire boom.

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