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Barry Humphries

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Barry Humphries

by Lewis Morley
resin print, 1960s
9 7/8 in. x 8 in. (250 mm x 203 mm)
Given by Lewis Morley, 1989
Photographs Collection
NPG x125192

Sitterback to top

  • (John) Barry Humphries (1934-2023), Comic actor behind 'Dame Edna Everage' and 'Sir Les Patterson'; entertainer and writer. Sitter in 12 portraits.

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  • Lewis Morley (1925-2013), Photographer. Artist or producer of 308 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.

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Australian-born entertainer and writer, Humphries established his career in satire in London during the 1960s. Following the appearance of his alter ego Edna Everage at the Establishment Club in 1963, Peter Cook invited him to collaborate with cartoonist
Nick Garland on a cartoon strip. Together they invented the Australian character Barry McKenzie whose adventures in London and slang language became the first highly popular feature of Private Eye. The strip was made into two feature films and continued until 1974.

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Current affairs

Prince 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 science

Penguin 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 revue Beyond the Fringe launches the careers of Alan Bennett, Peter Cook, Dudley Moore and Jonathan Miller.

International

Harold Macmillan delivers his 'wind of change' speech to the South African Parliament in Cape Town, announcing Britain's decision to grant independence to many of her colonies. The speech recognised the emergence of African nationalism, and criticised the policy of Apartheid in South Africa.

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