1 portrait by Mayotte Magnus
by Mayotte Magnus
modern bromide print from original negative, 1977
16 5/8 in. x 14 in. (421 mm x 355 mm) image size
Sitterback to top
- Dame Marina Sarah Warner (1946-), Writer and critic; Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery. Sitter in 4 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Mayotte Magnus (1934-), Photographer; wife of Jorge ('J.S.') Lewinski. Artist of 82 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Magnus photographed Warner pregnant with son Conrad Shawcross (now an artist), alluding to the gestation of a child and a book. The Chinese figurines placed in the frame are a reference to Warner’s biography The Dragon Empress (1972). In subsequent critical works Warner continued her exploration of iconic female figures.
Events of 1977back to top
Current affairsIn celebration of her 25th year as Queen, Elizabeth II tours the British Isles visiting communities and schools in 36 counties, before touring the commonwealth. Across the country people held street parties to celebrate the occasion; there were 4,000 street parties in London alone.
Art and scienceBritish punk rockers, The Sex Pistols, release the single, God Save The Queen to coincide with the Silvery Jubilee celebrations. The single reached Number 2 in the charts among claims that it was being kept off the top spot for political reasons. The band was arrested for trying to perform the song from a boat on the Thames during the Queen's Royal Progress trip down the river.
InternationalElvis Presley dies of a heart attack aged 42. His body was discovered collapsed on the bathroom floor of his Graceland mansion in Memphis by his fiancée Ginger Alden. Rumours that the star is actually still alive but in hiding continue to perpetuate among diehard fans.
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