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Photograph - David Bailey's box of pin-ups
  • David Bailey's box of pin-ups
    Bailey, David, born 1938
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David Bailey's box of pin-ups

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1965 (printed and published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bailey, David, born 1938 (photographer)
    Wyndham, Francis (writer)
    Boxer, Mark, born 1931 - died 1988 (designer)
    Hillman, David (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Half-tone print

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mark Haworth-Booth

  • Museum number:

    E.2047:7-2004

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 909, box N

David Bailey rose to fame as a fashion photographer in the early 1960s, his photographs. He published 'David Bailey's box of pin-ups' in 1965 as a loose portfolio of 36 portraits of the mainly-male fashionable elite that, as the cover description states, 'belong to Bailey's own world of fashion, pop music and the Ad Lib [nightclub]'. Each portrait is accompanied by notes by Francis Wyndham.
Surprisingly, only four of the pin-ups are women; as the notes explain, 'in the age of Mick Jagger, it is the boys who are the pin-ups'. Jean Shrimpton was one of the most internationally famous models of the decade and worked almost exclusively with Bailey - to whom she was engaged - between 1961 and 1964.
The portraits constitute a celebration of the growing celebrity culture of the Sixties, and many of them have become the definitive images of key figures of cultural life in London during the Swinging Sixties.

Physical description

Black and white half-tone portrait of Jean Shrimpton's head and shoulders, against white background

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1965 (printed and published)

Artist/maker

Bailey, David, born 1938 (photographer)
Wyndham, Francis (writer)
Boxer, Mark, born 1931 - died 1988 (designer)
Hillman, David (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Half-tone print

Marks and inscriptions

Jean Shrimpton
Printed; Reverse, top left

Text about Jean Shrimpton
Printed; Reverse; Wyndham, Francis

Dimensions

Width: 32 cm, Height: 37 cm

Object history note

David Bailey rose to fame as a fashion photographer in the early 1960s, his photographs. He published 'David Bailey's box of pin-ups' in 1965 as a loose portfolio of 36 portraits of the mainly-male fashionable elite that, as the cover description states, 'belong to Bailey's own world of fashion, pop music and the Ad Lib [nightclub]'. Surprisingly, only four of the pin-ups are women, all of whom are models. As the notes explain, 'in the age of Mick Jagger, it is the boys who are the pin-ups'.
The portraits constitute a celebration of the growing celebrity culture of the Sixties, and many of them have become the definitive images of key figures of cultural life in London during the Swinging Sixties.

Descriptive line

Jean Shrimpton, half-tone print from 'David Bailey's box of pin-ups', by David Bailey, published 1965

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

David Bailey's box of pin-ups, published by Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1964
Apollo Magazine, February 2007

Categories

Fashion; Photographs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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