The Staff of Private Eye, 1965
5 of 6 portraits of John Campbell Wells
The Staff of Private Eye, 1965
by Lewis Morley
bromide print, 1965
14 3/4 in. x 11 3/8 in. (375 mm x 290 mm) image size
Given by Lewis Morley, 1992
Artistback to top
- Lewis Morley (1925-2013), Photographer. Artist of 306 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.
Sittersback to top
- Jill Brooke. Sitter in 3 portraits. Identify
- Jan Elson. Sitter in 3 portraits. Identify
- Barry Ernest Fantoni (1940-), Broadcaster, cartoonist and jazz musician. Sitter in 7 portraits, Artist of 17 portraits. Identify
- Paul Mackintosh Foot (1937-2004), Writer and journalist. Sitter in 6 portraits. Identify
- Gabby Hughes. Sitter in 3 portraits. Identify
- Richard Reid Ingrams (1937-), Journalist and editor. Sitter in 12 portraits. Identify
- Tony Rushton (1939-), Art director at Private Eye. Sitter in 8 portraits. Identify
- Peter Usborne (1937-), Publisher; co-founder of Private Eye and founder of Usborne Books. Sitter in 3 portraits. Identify
- Michael Wale. Sitter in 3 portraits. Identify
- John Campbell Wells (1936-1998), Writer, actor and director. Sitter in 6 portraits. Identify
This portraitback to top
'SOME OF THE YOUNG PACEY PEOPLE WHO MAKE LONDON SWING'
The staff of Private Eye restage 'In' crowd of 'London, city of the world'. Peter Usborne, seen centre left, was managing director of Private Eye from 1961-5 and was key in initiating the magazine. Using new off-set litho printing, production became financially possible, with initial funding by Andrew Osborne.
Variant published in Private Eye, 30 April 1965
The original photograph appeared in the Weekend Telegraph on 16 April 1965. It included David Bailey, Peter Blake, David Hockney, Kasmin, Mary Quant and Gerald Scarfe with 'Box' a sculpture by David Hall.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Pepper, Terence, Lewis Morley: Photographer of the Sixties, 1989 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 15 September 1989 - 7 January 1990), p. 62
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 738
Placesback to top
- Place made and portrayed: United Kingdom: England, London (photographer's studio, Soho, London)
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Private Eye: Photographs by Lewis Morley (31 October 2011 - 15 April 2012)
Events of 1965back to top
Current affairsSir Winston Churchill dies after suffering a stroke at the age of 90. By Royal Decree his body lay in state for three days before he was given a State Funeral (a very rare honour for a non-Royal). Representatives from over 100 countries attended the funeral and thousands of people watched the procession of his coffin down the Thames.
Art and scienceJulie Christie stars in John Schlesinger's film Darling, a film that captures fashionable London in the 1960s, while critiquing the superficiality of the jet-setting society. The film has subsequently been itself criticised for being out-of-touch with the realities of the day.
The Post Office Tower (now the BT tower) opens for use, housing microwave aerials to carry telecommunications traffic from London.
InternationalPresident Johnson sends US troops to assist South Vietnam against communist North Vietnam and domestic nationalist insurgents. Johnson's plan for a short, limited war was soon quashed by North Vietnam's strategy of protracted war. As the conflict dragged on the US government instituted a draft, sparking anti-war protests that would continue until American involvement ended in 1973.
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