Past display archive
Dame Mary Quant
by Jorge ('J.S.') Lewinski
Until 1982 Lewinski taught at the London College of Printing. His work was first acquired and exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in 1972 and has subsequently been exhibited internationally.
A selection of ten portraits of women from an archive of Jorge Lewinski's work recently purchased for the Collection is shown for the first time in this display. Subjects include eminent style-makers of the time from Mary Quant wearing one of her minidresses to the Observer journalist Katherine Whitehorn shown typing her influential and opinion-forming column.
Other more contemplative portrait studies include author Brigid Brophy and photographer Ida Kar. The effervescent actress Diana Rigg, Olympic athlete Lillian Board, jazz singer Cleo Laine and the academic Elizabeth Chilver provide additional lustre to the group of subjects that Lewinski chose to portray in this eventful era that turned a brighter spotlight on women's achievements.