Richard Hamilton

Richard Hamilton, by J.S. Lewinski, 1964 - NPG x13717 - If the sitter is a painter or sculptor:

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Richard Hamilton

by J.S. Lewinski
bromide print on card mount, 1964
15 in. x 11 3/4 in. (380 mm x 300 mm)
Purchased, 1970
Photographs Collection
NPG x13717

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  • Richard Hamilton (1922-2011), Painter. Sitter in 13 portraits, Artist of 2 portraits.

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Hamilton is here pictured with his work Interior II (1964), one of two paintings to feature a silk screen print of the actress Patricia Knight based on a still from the film Shockproof (1948). In Interior II, Hamilton sought to recast the period setting of Interior I (1964) in the contemporary, including an Yves Klein monochrome and an Eames chair. Hamilton produced a number of works picturing interiors during his career that defy a straightforward narrative reading. He described the interior as '… a museum, with the lingering residues of decorative styles that an inhabited space collects'.

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Current affairs

Harold Wilson narrowly wins the general election for the Labour Party, the first of his four election victories.
Peter Allen and Gwynne Evans become the last people to be executed in the United Kingdom before capital punishment was abolished in 1965.
The Sun newspaper replaces the Daily Herald.

Art and science

Top of the Pops begins its rein as the longest running television music show. The first broadcast was presented by Jimmy Savile and included the Rolling Stones, Dusty Springfield, The Hollies and The Beatles, who were the show's first number 1 with I Want to Hold Your Hand.


The Civil Rights Act is passed in the USA, outlawing discrimination based on race, colour, religion, sex or national origin. The Act abolished the 'Jim Crow Laws' in the Southern States, making forced segregation illegal.
After spending two years in prison Nelson Mandela is sentenced to Life in Prison for the crimes of sabotage and crimes equivalent to treason against the Republic of South Africa.

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