8 of 28 portraits of Christine Keeler
by Lewis Morley
vintage gelatin silver print, June 1963
14 3/8 in. x 9 5/8 in. (365 mm x 245 mm)
Given by Lewis Morley, 1981
Artistback to top
- Lewis Morley (1925-2013), Photographer. Artist of 306 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.
This portraitback to top
One of a series publicity photographs that Morley was commissioned to take for a film about the Profumo Affair planned by Nicholas Luard, proprietor of the Establishment Club. The producers of the film insisted that Keeler was contract-bound to be photographed nude. Morley's suggestion that Keeler sit naked astride the chair, a Heals imitation of an Arne Jacobsen design, allowed her to fulfill the contract but remain hidden. Various poses were shot during the session and this image soon gained notoriety following its first unofficial publication in the Sunday Mirror, 9 June 1963.
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Placesback to top
- Place made and portrayed: United Kingdom: England, London (Morley's studio above The Establishment Club, Greek Street, London)
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Scandal '63: The Fiftieth Anniversary of the Profumo Affair (30 April 2013 - 15 September 2013)
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.
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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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