by Bern Schwartz
dye transfer print, 5 July 1977
18 1/2 in. x 14 7/8 in. (470 mm x 378 mm)
Given by The Bern Schwartz Family Foundation, 2007
Sitterback to top
- David Hockney (1937-), Artist. Sitter in 49 portraits, Artist associated with 14 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Bernard Lee ('Bern') Schwartz (1914-1978), Photographer. Artist of 143 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
Linked publicationsback to top
- 100 Photographs, 2018, p. 105 Read entry
Bradford-born David Hockney (b.1937) studied at the Royal College of Art and became a leading figure in Pop Art. His first retrospective was held at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, in 1970. Bern Schwartz (1914-78), 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. The Bern Schwartz Foundation donated 140 original dye-transfer prints to the National Portrait Gallery in 2007.
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Bern Schwartz: Portraits of the 1970s (10 July 2008 - 14 January 2009)
Subjects & Themesback to top
Events of 1977back to top
Current affairsIn celebration of her 25th year as Queen, Elizabeth II tours the British Isles visiting communities and schools in 36 counties, before touring the commonwealth. Across the country people held street parties to celebrate the occasion; there were 4,000 street parties in London alone.
Art and scienceBritish punk rockers, The Sex Pistols, release the single, God Save The Queen to coincide with the Silvery Jubilee celebrations. The single reached Number 2 in the charts among claims that it was being kept off the top spot for political reasons. The band was arrested for trying to perform the song from a boat on the Thames during the Queen's Royal Progress trip down the river.
InternationalElvis Presley dies of a heart attack aged 42. His body was discovered collapsed on the bathroom floor of his Graceland mansion in Memphis by his fiancée Ginger Alden. Rumours that the star is actually still alive but in hiding continue to perpetuate among diehard fans.
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