by Bryan Wharton
bromide print, 2 March 1977
11 in. x 14 3/8 in. (278 mm x 366 mm)
Sitterback to top
- Laurence Edward Alan ('Laurie') Lee (1914-1997), Poet and prose writer. Sitter in 15 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Bryan Wharton (1934-2020), Photographer. Artist of 20 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Taken in the garden of the Chelsea Arts Club, London.
Placesback to top
- Place made and portrayed: United Kingdom: England, London (garden, Chelsea Arts Club, London)
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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