1 of 13 portraits of Richard Hamilton
by Lord Snowdon
bromide print, 6 January 1963
15 1/8 in. x 10 3/8 in. (383 mm x 264 mm)
Given by the photographer, Antony Charles Robert Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon, 2000
Sitterback to top
- Richard Hamilton (1922-2011), Painter. Sitter in 13 portraits, Artist of 2 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Antony Charles Robert Armstrong Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon (1930-2017), Photographer, film-maker and designer; former husband of Princess Margaret. Artist of 285 portraits, Sitter in 22 portraits.
This portraitback to top
The exhibition This is Tomorrow (1956) produced for the Independent Group had already associated Hamilton with the use of American visual culture, but 1963 was the year of Hamilton's first visit to the United States. Whilst in Los Angeles, Hamilton met artists Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg and Joseph Cornell. Interpreted both as satire and as a form of glorification, the international scope of Hamilton's early work advanced the conceptual and aesthetic concerns of British art in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 275
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Richard Hamilton: Portraits of the Artist (19 January 2011 - 13 May 2012)
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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