by Euan Uglow
oil on card, circa 1960
6 1/8 in. x 5 3/4 in. (154 mm x 145 mm)
Given by Georgia Georgallas, 2014
This portraitback to top
Although Uglow was concerned with portraiture throughout his career, he rarely used his acute powers of observation to portray his own likeness. Only four self-portraits are known to exist, three of which are small sketches and apparently painted within a five year period. These were never included in exhibitions during the artist’s lifetime. This portrait was probably made by the artist in 1960, shortly after moving into his studio in Battersea, London, where he lived and worked for the rest of his life. In contrast to his usually precise technique, the paint in this work has been loosely applied onto a scrap of fibre-board and appears to be a swift appraisal of his appearance at that moment. The intimate quality of the work is enhanced by its provenance; it remained in Uglow’s studio until his death, when it was bequeathed to a close friend.
Events of 1960back to top
Current affairsPrince Andrew is born, the third child of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip.
The Contraceptive Pill is introduced in England, dramatically changing the nation's approach to sex and relationships, and significantly contributing to the 1960s culture of liberation.
Art and sciencePenguin books defend D.H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover against charges of obscenity by demonstrating that the novel was of literary merit. The 'not guilty' verdict was seen as a victory for free speech and marked the beginning if a new era of liberalism.
The satirical review Beyond the Fringe launches the careers of Alan Bennett, Peter Cook, Dudley Moore and Jonathan Miller.