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Photographs by Bern Schwartz, 1975-78

Bern Schwartz (1914-1978), an American businessman, took up photography in the early 1970s as a second career. In just a few years, he made memorable studies of many well-known personalities of the time including artists, politicians and royalty. Schwartz, assisted by his wife, Ronny, often captured his subjects in surroundings reflecting their life, work and personality. Henry Moore and David Hockney are seen in their studios in 1977. Dame Peggy Ashcroft is shown in front of Walter Sickert's portrait of her in Venice, while Sir John Gielgud relaxes at home in his manor house in Buckinghamshire. Rudolf Nureyev is pictured at home during a busy performing season. Former prime minister, Harold Wilson, is seen smoking his ubiquitous pipe, while Margaret Thatcher is poised for power. Labour MP, Tony Benn, is seated confidently in front of a trade union banner. Also represented are award-winning athletes such as Clare Francis, the first British woman to sail single-handedly across the Atlantic, Lester Piggott, the champion horse jockey, and the ice-skater, John Curry, seen fresh from his medal-winning at the 1976 Winter Olympics. Other notables include Prince Charles and his great-uncle, Lord Mountbatten. BBC newsreader Angela Rippon is seen leaping in the air in a chiffon dress, Schwartz's tribute to the famous 'Jump' series by his mentor, Philippe Halsman. Society beauty, Lady Diana Cooper is pictured in her bedroom with her pet Chihuahua. Fashion designer, Zandra Rhodes, is ensconced in her canopied day-bed decorated in her pink key-note fabric design.

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Bern Schwartz, by Bern Schwartz - NPG P1252

Bern Schwartz

by Bern Schwartz
dye transfer print, 1970s
NPG P1252

(Israel) Maurice Edelman, by Bern Schwartz - NPG P1165

(Israel) Maurice Edelman

by Bern Schwartz
dye transfer print, October 1975
NPG P1165

Constance Mary Katherine Applebee, by Bern Schwartz - NPG P1135

Constance Mary Katherine Applebee

by Bern Schwartz
dye transfer print, October 1975
NPG P1135

Larry Adler, by Bern Schwartz - NPG P1134

Larry Adler

by Bern Schwartz
dye transfer print, 2 November 1976
NPG P1134

Sir Alfred Jules Ayer, by Bern Schwartz - NPG P1139

Sir Alfred Jules Ayer

by Bern Schwartz
dye transfer print, 20 November 1976
NPG P1139

Sir Clifford Michael Curzon, by Bern Schwartz - NPG P1159

Sir Clifford Michael Curzon

by Bern Schwartz
dye transfer print, 6 November 1976
NPG P1159

(John) Barry Foster, by Bern Schwartz - NPG P1169

(John) Barry Foster

by Bern Schwartz
dye transfer print, September 1976
NPG P1169

Arnold Abraham Goodman, Baron Goodman, by Bern Schwartz - NPG P1176

Arnold Abraham Goodman, Baron Goodman

by Bern Schwartz
dye transfer print, 19 May 1976
NPG P1176

Sir Edward Heath, by Bern Schwartz - NPG P1182

Sir Edward Heath

by Bern Schwartz
dye transfer print, 5 November 1976
NPG P1182

Basil Hume, by Bern Schwartz - NPG P1187

Basil Hume

by Bern Schwartz
dye transfer print, 25 November 1976
NPG P1187

Basil Hume, by Bern Schwartz - NPG P1188

Basil Hume

by Bern Schwartz
dye transfer print, 25 November 1976
NPG P1188

Ann Maureen Jenner, by Bern Schwartz - NPG P1192

Ann Maureen Jenner

by Bern Schwartz
dye transfer print, 28 November 1976
NPG P1192

Donald Whyte MacLeary, by Bern Schwartz - NPG P1201

Donald Whyte MacLeary

by Bern Schwartz
dye transfer print, 9 November 1976
NPG P1201

Alicia Markova, by Bern Schwartz - NPG P1203

Alicia Markova

by Bern Schwartz
dye transfer print, 1 October 1976
NPG P1203

Sir Robert Mayer, by Bern Schwartz - NPG P1206

Sir Robert Mayer

by Bern Schwartz
dye transfer print, 10 November 1976
NPG P1206

Merle Park, by Bern Schwartz - NPG P1232

Merle Park

by Bern Schwartz
dye transfer print, 11 November 1976
NPG P1232

William Rees-Mogg, Baron Rees-Mogg, by Bern Schwartz - NPG P1240

William Rees-Mogg, Baron Rees-Mogg

by Bern Schwartz
dye transfer print, 22 November 1976
NPG P1240

Amschel Mayor James Rothschild, by Bern Schwartz - NPG P1247

Amschel Mayor James Rothschild

by Bern Schwartz
dye transfer print, 12 November 1976
NPG P1247

Dorothy Mathilde de Rothschild, by Bern Schwartz - NPG P1248

Dorothy Mathilde de Rothschild

by Bern Schwartz
dye transfer print, circa 1976
NPG P1248

Jacob Rothschild, 4th Baron Rothschild, by Bern Schwartz - NPG P1250

Jacob Rothschild, 4th Baron Rothschild

by Bern Schwartz
dye transfer print, 29 November 1976
NPG P1250

Arthur George Weidenfeld, Baron Weidenfeld, by Bern Schwartz - NPG P1266

Arthur George Weidenfeld, Baron Weidenfeld

by Bern Schwartz
dye transfer print, 17 November 1976
NPG P1266

Harold Wilson, by Bern Schwartz - NPG P1268

Harold Wilson

by Bern Schwartz
dye transfer print, 20 May 1976
NPG P1268

Sir Hugh Walter Kingwell Wontner, by Bern Schwartz - NPG P1270

Sir Hugh Walter Kingwell Wontner

by Bern Schwartz
dye transfer print, 9 November 1976
NPG P1270

Marcus Joseph Sieff, Baron Sieff of Brimpton, by Bern Schwartz - NPG P1255

Marcus Joseph Sieff, Baron Sieff of Brimpton

by Bern Schwartz
dye transfer print, 30 November 1976
NPG P1255

Frederick Donald Coggan, Baron Coggan, by Bern Schwartz - NPG P1154

Frederick Donald Coggan, Baron Coggan

by Bern Schwartz
dye transfer print, 1 June 1977
NPG P1154

Kenneth Clark, Baron Clark, by Bern Schwartz - NPG P1153

Kenneth Clark, Baron Clark

by Bern Schwartz
dye transfer print, 7 April 1977
NPG P1153

Prince Charles, by Bern Schwartz - NPG P1152

Prince Charles

by Bern Schwartz
dye transfer print, 30 March 1977
NPG P1152

Prince Charles, by Bern Schwartz - NPG P1151

Prince Charles

by Bern Schwartz
dye transfer print, 30 March 1977
NPG P1151

Lord David Cecil, by Bern Schwartz - NPG P1150

Lord David Cecil

by Bern Schwartz
dye transfer print, 23 March 1977
NPG P1150

Sir Hugh Maxwell Casson, by Bern Schwartz - NPG P1149

Sir Hugh Maxwell Casson

by Bern Schwartz
dye transfer print, 2 May 1977
NPG P1149

(Richard) Michael Carver, Baron Carver, by Bern Schwartz - NPG P1148

(Richard) Michael Carver, Baron Carver

by Bern Schwartz
dye transfer print, 13 April 1977
NPG P1148

James Callaghan, by Bern Schwartz - NPG P1147

James Callaghan

by Bern Schwartz
dye transfer print, 13 May 1977
NPG P1147

Claire Bloom, by Bern Schwartz - NPG P1145

Claire Bloom

by Bern Schwartz
dye transfer print, 7 November 1977
NPG P1145

Sir Isaiah Berlin, by Bern Schwartz - NPG P1142

Sir Isaiah Berlin

by Bern Schwartz
dye transfer print, 6 July 1977
NPG P1142

Tony Benn, by Bern Schwartz - NPG P1141

Tony Benn

by Bern Schwartz
dye transfer print, 30 June 1977
NPG P1141

Janet Baker, by Bern Schwartz - NPG P1140

Janet Baker

by Bern Schwartz
dye transfer print, 25 April 1977
NPG P1140

Sir Frederick Ashton, by Bern Schwartz - NPG P1138

Sir Frederick Ashton

by Bern Schwartz
dye transfer print, 15 April 1977
NPG P1138

Dame Peggy Ashcroft, by Bern Schwartz - NPG P1137

Dame Peggy Ashcroft

by Bern Schwartz
dye transfer print, 27 May 1977
NPG P1137

Fleur Cowles Meyer, by Bern Schwartz - NPG P1156

Fleur Cowles Meyer

by Bern Schwartz
dye transfer print, 30 November 1977
NPG P1156

John Curry, by Bern Schwartz - NPG P1158

John Curry

by Bern Schwartz
dye transfer print, 28 June 1977
NPG P1158

Sir Colin Rex Davis, by Bern Schwartz - NPG P1160

Sir Colin Rex Davis

by Bern Schwartz
dye transfer print, 10 June 1977
NPG P1160

Ninette de Valois, by Bern Schwartz - NPG P1162

Ninette de Valois

by Bern Schwartz
dye transfer print, 26 April 1977
NPG P1162

Sir Anthony Dowell, by Bern Schwartz - NPG P1163

Sir Anthony Dowell

by Bern Schwartz
dye transfer print, 15 June 1977
NPG P1163

Sir Geraint Llewellyn Evans, by Bern Schwartz - NPG P1166

Sir Geraint Llewellyn Evans

by Bern Schwartz
dye transfer print, 11 May 1977
NPG P1166

Margot Fonteyn, by Bern Schwartz - NPG P1167

Margot Fonteyn

by Bern Schwartz
dye transfer print, 3 May 1977
NPG P1167

Charles Forte, Baron Forte, by Bern Schwartz - NPG P1168

Charles Forte, Baron Forte

by Bern Schwartz
dye transfer print, 31 March 1977
NPG P1168

Clare Mary Francis, by Bern Schwartz - NPG P1170

Clare Mary Francis

by Bern Schwartz
dye transfer print, 1 July 1977
NPG P1170

Elisabeth Frink, by Bern Schwartz - NPG P1171

Elisabeth Frink

by Bern Schwartz
dye transfer print, 11 June 1977
NPG P1171

Gerald Austin Gardiner, Baron Gardiner, by Bern Schwartz - NPG P1172

Gerald Austin Gardiner, Baron Gardiner

by Bern Schwartz
dye transfer print, 15 March 1977
NPG P1172

John Gielgud, by Bern Schwartz - NPG P1173

John Gielgud

by Bern Schwartz
dye transfer print, 1 May 1977
NPG P1173

Sir William Frederick Glock, by Bern Schwartz - NPG P1175

Sir William Frederick Glock

by Bern Schwartz
dye transfer print, 14 June 1977
NPG P1175