2 of 21 portraits of Christine Keeler
by Lewis Morley
bromide print, 1963
Given by the photographer, Lewis Morley, 1992
Artistback to top
- Lewis Morley (1925-2013), Photographer. Artist of 304 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.
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Lewis Morley's photograph of Christine Keeler sitting naked the wrong way round on a copy of a Arne Jacobsen chair sold by Habitat has become one of the defining images of the 1960s. A combination of pin-up and icon, suggestive both of sexual liberation and at the same time of the penalties of sexual exploitation, it occupies a morally ambiguous universe. It was taken in May 1963, when Christine Keeler came to Lewis Morley's studio over the Establishment Club in Greek Street to be photographed to promote a film on the Profumo Affair. One of the prints was stolen and published in the Sunday Mirror.
Linked publicationsback to top
- National Portrait Gallery: 100 Portraits, p. 124
- Pepper, Terence, Lewis Morley: Photographer of the Sixties, 1989 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 15 September 1989 - 7 January 1990), p. 17
- Saumarez Smith, Charles, The National Portrait Gallery: An Illustrated Guide, 2000, p. 211
- Saumarez Smith, Charles, The National Portrait Gallery, 1997, p. 211
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 346
- Various contributors, National Portrait Gallery: A Portrait of Britain, 2014, p. 263
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- Place made: United Kingdom: England, London (artist's studio above The Establishment Club, Greek Street, London)
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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.
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