Lewis Morley - PHOTOGRAPHS London Tuesday, November 2, 2010 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the estate of the artist

  • Literature

    Lewis Morley: Photographer of the Sixties, exh. cat., National Portrait Gallery, London, 1989, cover (detail)
    and pl. 10; Lewis Morley: Black and White Lies, Angus & Robertson, 1992, pp. 108–09; Lewis Morley Myself and
    Eye, exh. cat., National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, 2003, pl. 2; Lewis Morley, exh. cat., Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2006, p. 49

  • Catalogue Essay

    "The whole session, publicity shots for a film to be shot at the height of the scandal with British MP John Profumo, took less than 45 minutes. Three rolls were shot, and for the first two Christine wore a sleeveless leather jerkin. The nude poses were the suggestion of the film company, whose representatives were present, and Christine was very reluctant to do them. After a short discussion which resulted in a cleared studio, I rapidly shot off one roll of film with Christine posing nude on the chair. Eleven frames were exposed - the first one misfired - and it was all over in five minutes. The rest is history." (The photographer, in Lewis Morley: Contemporary Photographers - Australia:4, Blackheath, NSW, Australia, 1998, p. 21)


Christine Keeler

Selenium-toned gelatin silver print, printed 1980s.
36.8 x 29.2 cm (14 1/2 x 11 1/2 in).
Signed in ink in the margin.

£4,000 - 6,000 ♠ †

Sold for £3,750


3 November 2010