Christine Keeler Poster by Lewis Morley-Unsigned
100 posters remaining.
In a career that has spanned some 50 years, Lewis Morley has worked with equal ease in theatre, fashion, portraiture, magazine photography and documentary reportage. His body of work, particularly his portraits of key figures of 1960s London, is highly recognised, and with his famous photo of Christine Keeler naked upon a chair, Morley produced an image that is probably one of the most memorable, and most copied, of any photographs of any time.
Printed on 200gsm matt art paper. Printed Duotone, Black and Warm Gray 11C + Silver Metallic 877C with overall varnish. 60cm (W) x 80cm (D) cm / 24 x 31.5 in.
Reproduced from the original negative.
Edition of 750 Unsigned posters.
Christine Keeler, London 1963. Keeler had been living with society doctor Stephen Ward, who introduced her to John Profumo, the Secretary of State for War in the Macmillan Government. Another of her frequent visitors was the Soviet naval attaché Eugene Ivanov. Pressure from Fleet Street scandal sheets forced Profumo’s resignation, Stephen Ward to suicide and Keeler to be imprisoned. Morley photographed Keeler in his studio above The Establishment at the behest of Peter Cook as publicity shots for a future film. As Morley has noted: “My own driving force has always been more emotional than intellectual and so the Sixties was also my period in that it sex became the great leveller. People had always experimented but in the Sixties it was done openly. When Christine Keeler was paid some substantial amount of money to give her story to the newspapers, such things became common knowledge... Profumo resigned his post and the Government was brought into chaos and disrepute, and another of ‘our beloved institutions’, this time a central one like the Government, turned to dust.
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