9 of 42 portraits of Samuel Beckett
by Michael Peto
modern bromide print from original negative, May 1961
15 1/4 in. x 11 7/8 in. (388 mm x 303 mm) image size
Given by University of Dundee - Michael Peto Collection, 2013
Artistback to top
- Michael Peto (1908-1970), Photojournalist. Artist of 22 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
This portraitback to top
Beckett is shown in his Paris apartment at 38 Boulevard St. Jacques. This portrait was commissioned by the Observer and appeared in the paper with a review of Beckett's Poems in English by the poet and critic Al Alvarez (31 December 1961).
Placesback to top
- Place made and portrayed: France (sitter's home, 38 Boulevard Saint-Jacques, Paris, France)
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Michael Peto Photographs: Mandela to McCartney (17 September 2013 - 1 June 2014)
Events of 1961back to top
Current affairsPeter Benenson's article The Forgotten Prisoners is published internationally, inspiring the founding of the human rights organisation, Amnesty International.
The philosopher and peace activist Bertrand Russell is imprisoned for inciting civil disobedience during a sit down demonstration at the Ministry of Defence and Hyde Park.
The farthing coin - used in Britain for the last 7 centuries - ceases to be legal tender.
Art and scienceRudolf Nureyev defects from the USSR fearing that the KGB would arrest him for being gay and for fraternising with foreigners. After seeking asylum in Paris he set up home in London at the Royal Ballet and began his famous partnership with Margot Fonteyn.
The satirical magazine, Private Eye is first published.
InternationalThe East German government erects the Berlin Wall, ceasing free movement between East and West Berlin. The barrier prevented citizens of Soviet controlled East Germany from crossing the border into West Germany to work, or to defect.
Yuri Gagarin, the soviet cosmonaut, becomes the first man in space orbiting the earth on the 12th April.