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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.2047:8-2004

  • Gallery location:

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

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, all of whom are models; as the notes explain, 'in the age of Mick Jagger, it is the boys who are the pin-ups'. Cecil Beaton was one of the most influential British portrait photographers of the 20th century. He was one of the first to raise the profile of the portrait photographer in the public eye and was almost as much photographed himself as he photographed others. Indeed, his social mobility was such that during the 1960s he was as likely to be found photographing the Rolling Stones as the Royal family.
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 Cecil Beaton in a black beret and moleskin suit against a white background, with his arms in the air and legs askew, as if dancing.

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

Cecil Beaton
Printed; Reverse, top left

Cecil Beaton, dancer
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

Cecil Beaton, 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

Labels and date

David Bailey (b.1938)
Cecil Beaton, from David Bailey’s box of pin-ups
1965

David Bailey was part of a new generation of photographers making waves in 1960s ‘Swinging London’. He greatly admired Beaton and befriended the older photographer. Beaton’s own approach to photography changed with the times and he was nicknamed ‘Rip Van With-it’. He featured in David Bailey's box of pin-ups, a loose portfolio of 36 portraits of the fashionable elite of 1965.

Halftone print
Gift of Mark Haworth-Booth
V&A: E.2047:8-2004
[2012]

Categories

Fashion; Photographs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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