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by Ronald Traeger
cibachrome print from a transparency of vintage print, February 1967
16 7/8 in. x 14 in. (430 mm x 355 mm)
Purchased, 2002
Photographs Collection
NPG x125452

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  • Ronald Traeger (1936-1968), Photographer. Artist or producer of 7 portraits.

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  • 100 Photographs, 2018, p. 94 Read entry

    Launched by a famous cropped haircut, shaped by Leonard and coloured by Daniel Galvin, Twiggy (b.1949) was arguably the world’s first supermodel. Born Lesley Hornby, she was given the pet names ‘Sticks’ and ‘Twigs’ because of her thin legs. Named ‘The Face of 1966’ in an article by the Daily Express journalist Deirdre McSharry, she was the embodiment of the 1960s look and influenced a generation of teenagers. Her acting career developed when she appeared in Ken Russell’s film version of Sandy Wilson’s stage musical The Boy Friend (1971), and she made her Broadway debut in My One and Only (1983-5), based on music by George and Ira Gershwin. American photographer Ronald Traeger (1936-68) photographed her on a number of occasions. The contact sheet (x125453) shows his method of working and is inscribed by him to show Twiggy’s favoured shots.

  • 100 Fashion Icons, p. 143 Read entry

    Dame Lesley Lawson (b.1949), best known as Twiggy, was named 'The Face of 1966' in a Daily Express article by journalist Deirdre McSharry and arguably became the world's first supermodel. With her dramatic eye make-up, androgynous figure and short haircut shaped by Leonard of Mayfair and coloured by Daniel Galvin, Twiggy embodied the 1960s look and influenced a generation of young people. American fashion photographer, artist and designer Ronald Traeger (1936–68) photographed Twiggy on numerous occasions. In this close-up portrait, her cropped hairstyle contrasts with her painted-on eyelashes and freckles.

  • Pepper, Terence (introduction) Muir, Robin (appreciation) Sokolsky, Melvin (appreciation), Twiggy: A Life In Photographs, 2009 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 18 September 2009 to 24 March 2010), p. 64

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Harold Wilson decides to devalue the pound by nearly 15% in order to ' break out from the straitjacket' of boom and bust economics. The decision was controversial and prompted Wilson to reassure the public that the 'pound in your pocket' would not be worth any less.

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The Beatles release Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, with a record sleeve designed by pop artist, Peter Blake. The band's musical experimentation and colourful new look was an example of psychedelic, and the LP is often regarded as one of the first concept albums.


Che Guevara is captured and executed in Bolivia. The guerrilla leader and revolutionary icon was hunted down by the CIA and captured and shot by Bolivian Special Forces. He had been leading Bolivian insurgents in an attempt to overthrow the government.

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