by Michael Peto
modern bromide print from original negative, June 1962
12 7/8 in. x 12 7/8 in. (327 mm x 328 mm) image size
Given by University of Dundee - Michael Peto Collection, 2013
Sitterback to top
- Dame (Jean) Iris Murdoch (1919-1999), Novelist and philosopher. Sitter in 35 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Michael Peto (1908-1970), Photojournalist. Artist of 22 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
This portraitback to top
Peto photographed Murdoch for a profile in the Observer Weekend Review (17 June 1962), which coincided with the publication of her sixth novel An Unofficial Rose (1962). Acknowledging Murdoch's growing reputation as 'the best novelist of her generation' the article's far-ranging topics included her active war work, politics, and the thematic and technical conflicts in her work.
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Michael Peto Photographs: Mandela to McCartney (17 September 2013 - 1 June 2014)
Events of 1962back to top
Current affairsAfter a series of by-election defeats, the prime minister, Harold MacMillan organises a drastic cabinet reshuffle, dismissing one third of his cabinet. Liberal MP Jeremy Thorpe's wry comment summed up the desperate action: 'greater love hath no man than this, than to lay down his friends for his life.'
Britain suffers the 'Big Freeze' with no frost-free nights between 22nd December 1962 and 5th March 1963.
Art and scienceThe Beatles have their first hit with Love Me Do and release their first album Please Please Me.
The new Coventry Cathedral is consecrated and creates a showcase for British artistic talent with the first performance of Benjamin Britten's War Requiem, a wall hanging by Graham Sutherland, stained glass by John Piper, and sculptures by Jacob Epstein and Elizabeth Frink.