12 of 18 portraits of George Melly
by Harry Diamond
gelatin silver print, 18 December 1974
11 5/8 in. x 7 7/8 in. (294.5 mm x 200 mm) image size
Bequeathed by Harry Diamond, 2012
Sitterback to top
- (Alan) George Heywood Melly (1926-2007), Jazz singer, critic, writer and lecturer. Sitter in 18 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Harry Diamond (1924-2009), Photographer. Artist of 217 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.
Subjects & Themesback to top
Events of 1974back to top
Current affairs28 people are killed and hundreds injured in the IRA pub bombings. Two pubs in Guilford popular with army personnel were attacked with gelignite bombs, followed by a pub in Woolwich and then two in Birmingham. 17 people, known as the Guilford Four, the Maguire Seven and the Birmingham Six, were arrested for the bombing but all were eventually found to have been wrongfully imprisoned.
Art and scienceJohn Le Carré publishes his classic spy thriller, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. The novel was later made into a BBC miniseries starring Alec Guinness.
InternationalA one party communist state is established in Ethiopia after a committee of military officers known as the Derg depose Halie Selassie from power.
Greek Cypriot officers depose President Archbishop Makarios III in a coup d'etat sponsored by the Greek Government. Taking advantage of the situation, Turkey sent troops to occupy half the island, proclaiming the Turkish Federal State of Cyprus the following year.
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