5 of 12 portraits of Barry Humphries
© Lewis Morley Archive/ The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London
by Lewis Morley
toned bromide print, 1970
11 1/4 in. x 15 in. (286 mm x 380 mm)
Given by Lewis Morley, 1989
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.
Artistback to top
- Lewis Morley (1925-2013), Photographer. Artist or producer of 308 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.
Subjects & Themesback to top
Events of 1970back to top
Current affairsEdward 'Ted' Heath wins a surprise victory for the Conservative party at the general election, becoming Prime Minister. Opinion polls had predicted a comfortable Labour victory, but with a failing economy, the Tories snatched a narrow last minute majority.
Art and scienceGermaine Greer publishes The Female Eunuch, an influential feminist text arguing that women's sexuality and capacity for action are repressed by the family and their roles in society. Greer suggested that women should get to know their bodies and become empowered by their sexuality. The book was an international best seller.
InternationalFour aircraft are hijacked by Palestinian terrorists. The planes were landed in Cairo, Jordan and London and the hijackers demanded the release of Political Prisoners in exchange for the hostages. Several prisoners were returned and three of the planes were blown up after most of the hostages were release.
Four students are shot dead by national guardsmen during a protest against the Vietnam War in America.