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Photograph - Jean Shrimpton at 91 Heigham Road
  • Jean Shrimpton at 91 Heigham Road
    Bailey, David, born 1938
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Jean Shrimpton at 91 Heigham Road

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (probably, photographed)

  • Date:

    1961 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bailey, David, born 1938 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gelatin-silver print

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the artist. Copyright David Bailey

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case EDUC, shelf 18.2

Physical description

Half-length portrait of Jean Shrimpton, wearing an oversized knitted sweater, in a hallway, light shining in through the stained glass windows of the door (although she is lit from the front). She tugs at ht sweater with her right hand, while she leans against the wall with her left arm, her for-arm and hand draped over her head.

Place of Origin

London (probably, photographed)


1961 (photographed)


Bailey, David, born 1938 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Gelatin-silver print


Height: 30 cm, Width: 20.2 cm

Object history note

David Bailey has long been one of the most famous commercial photographers in the world. He has worked for magazines and newspapers from Vogue to the Daily Telegraph, photographing most of the key cultural figures from the worlds of pop music, literature and theatre with a simple and dramatic style. He has remarked that his approach was inspired by the the style and free expression of working girls in dance halls. Bailey continues to have a successful and high profile career as a photographer and film maker.

Descriptive line

'Jean Shrimpton at 91 Heigham Road', 1961, gelatin-silver print, David Bailey

Labels and date

‘Selling Dreams: One Hundred Years of Fashion Photography’, 2014. Label text:

David Bailey (b.1938)
Jean Shrimpton at 91 Heigham Road, London

Bailey and his contemporaries Brian Duffy and Terence Donovan became known as ‘The Terrible Three’. All three worked as assistants to John French in their early careers, but unlike the previous generation of ‘gentlemen photographers’, they were from working-class families. This casual portrait depicts Bailey’s then girlfriend at his family’s post-war home.
Gelatin silver print
Given by David Bailey
Museum no. PH.140-1983
[07 03 2014]

Subjects depicted

Interior; Halls; Doors; Sweaters; Models (people); Women; Wallpaper; Celebrity


Photographs; Fashion; Portraits


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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