© Mayotte Lewinska / National Portrait Gallery, London
by Mayotte Magnus
bromide print, August 1977
12 in. x 15 7/8 in. (305 mm x 404 mm)
Artistback to top
- Mayotte Magnus (1934-), Photographer; wife of Jorge ('J.S.') Lewinski. Artist of 81 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Magnus’s humorous photograph of Dench alongside a statue whose hair mimics her own was taken in the year she was being hailed as a ‘comic actress of consummate skill’ for her RSC performances in The Comedy of Errors and Much Ado about Nothing.
Placesback to top
- Place made and portrayed: United Kingdom: England, London (Churchyard of St John-at-Hampstead)
Events of 1977back to top
Current affairsIn celebration of her 25th year as Queen, Elizabeth II tours the British Isles visiting communities and schools in 36 counties, before touring the commonwealth. Across the country people held street parties to celebrate the occasion; there were 4,000 street parties in London alone.
Art and scienceBritish punk rockers, The Sex Pistols, release the single, God Save The Queen to coincide with the Silvery Jubilee celebrations. The single reached Number 2 in the charts among claims that it was being kept off the top spot for political reasons. The band was arrested for trying to perform the song from a boat on the Thames during the Queen's Royal Progress trip down the river.
InternationalElvis Presley dies of a heart attack aged 42. His body was discovered collapsed on the bathroom floor of his Graceland mansion in Memphis by his fiancée Ginger Alden. Rumours that the star is actually still alive but in hiding continue to perpetuate among diehard fans.
See this portrait
On display on the end wall of Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
Recommended Exhibitions & displays
- Illuminating women: Photographs by Mayotte Magnus
Until 24 March 2019