Jacqueline du Pré
Jacqueline du Pré
by Lewis Morley
bromide print, 1962
15 in. x 11 1/4 in. (381 mm x 287 mm)
Given by the photographer, Lewis Morley, 1992
Artistback to top
- Lewis Morley (1925-2013), Photographer. Artist of 305 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Du Pré studied with Tortelier, Casals and Rostropovich. Her much acclaimed American début in 1965, playing Elgar's Cello Concerto, initiated a brilliant career which was cut short by multiple sclerosis; she gave up public appearances in 1972. In this photograph Du Pré is playing the cello outdoors in the snow.
Linked publicationsback to top
- 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. 42
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 191
Placesback to top
- Place made and portrayed: United Kingdom: England, London (sitter's parents' home, London)
Events of 1962back to top
Current affairsAfter a series of by-election defeats, the prime minister, Harold MacMillan organises a drastic cabinet reshuffle, dismissing one third of his cabinet. Liberal MP Jeremy Thorpe's wry comment summed up the desperate action: 'greater love hath no man than this, than to lay down his friends for his life.'
Britain suffers the 'Big Freeze' with no frost-free nights between 22nd December 1962 and 5th March 1963.
Art and scienceThe Beatles have their first hit with Love Me Do and release their first album Please Please Me.
The new Coventry Cathedral is consecrated and creates a showcase for British artistic talent with the first performance of Benjamin Britten's War Requiem, a wall hanging by Graham Sutherland, stained glass by John Piper, and sculptures by Jacob Epstein and Elizabeth Frink.