Graham Sutherland; Lee Miller

1 portrait of Lee Miller

Graham Sutherland; Lee Miller, by William MacQuitty, 1943 - NPG x34809 - © Estate of  William MacQuitty

© Estate of William MacQuitty

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Graham Sutherland; Lee Miller

by William MacQuitty
bromide fibre print, 1943
11 3/8 in. x 11 in. (290 mm x 280 mm)
Purchased, 1990
Photographs Collection
NPG x34809

Sittersback to top

  • Lee Miller (1907-1977), Photographer. Sitter in 13 portraits, Artist of 16 portraits.
  • Graham Vivian Sutherland (1903-1980), Painter. Sitter in 61 portraits, Artist associated with 23 portraits.

Artistback to top

  • William MacQuitty (1905-2004), Film producer, writer and photographer. Artist of 10 portraits.

This portraitback to top

William MacQuitty photographed Sutherland with war photographer Lee Miller during the making of his film Out of Chaos. The film documented the work of the war artists. Sutherland worked as an official war artist from 1940-45. MacQuitty writes in his autobiography A Life to Remember (1991), 'Graham was thirty-eight, small, dapper and forceful and like all the war artists, totally dedicated to his work'.

Events of 1943back to top

Current affairs

The War effort continues with women recruited to the Home Guard and Ernie Bevin introducing conscription of miners as coal output continues to flag.
There is panic when a new anti aircraft weapon is heard for the first time in London and 173 people die in the crush to enter an air-raid shelter at Bethnal Green tube station.

Art and science

Barnes Wallis's bouncing bomb is used during Operation Chastise - the Dam busters Raid - to destroy three dams in the Ruhr area of Germany. The raid was considered a success, knocking out hydroelectric power, cutting off the water supply to industry and causing devastation through flooding. The operation also, however, cost the allies many lives, and the bouncing bomb was not used again.


The invasion of Sicily is successful thanks to Operation Mincemeat, in which false documents were planted on the body of a dead airman to mislead Germany into thinking that the Allied target was Sardinia. The invasion led to the fall of Mussolini and Italy joining the Allies.
42,000 German civilians are killed in a firestorm in Hamburg caused by the Allied bombing in Operation Gomorrah.

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