This is the story of a political scandal, a chair, and a photograph. It was in London, at the height of the Profumo Affair. The photographer, Lewis Morley, had been commissioned to shoot some publicity shots for a forthcoming movie featuring the woman at the centre of the scandal, Christine Keeler.
Published: December 9, Christine Keeler, shown in a file photo from the early '60s, was a central figure in Britian's 'Profumo scandal', which brought about the resignation of John Profumo, the secretary of war in Harold Macmillan's Conservative government. The picture is iconic.
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The Gallery holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. Search overworks,of which are illustrated from the 16th Century to the present day. Advanced Collection search. Lewis Morley's photograph of Christine Keeler sitting naked the wrong way round on a copy of a Arne Jacobsen chair sold by Habitat has become one of the defining images of the s.
She was a forbidden fruit too tempting for a powerful Tory. Call girl Christine Keeler's notorious affair with war secretary John Profumo toppled a Conservative government - and these revealing, never-before-seen pics are about to stir old memories. The sex scandal rocked the nation in but the topless snaps are to be exhibited for the first time with the rest of her personal collection.
Christine Keelerborn February 22,Uxbridge, MiddlesexEngland—died December 4,Orpington, KentEnglish model who, as one of the central figures in the Profumo affaircontributed to the collapse of the Conservative government of Harold Macmillan. At age 16, Keeler left home and moved to London to work as a fashion model. There she met Charles Ward, a physician who was connected to some of the most politically and socially powerful families in England.
The model died on Monday at hospital in Farnborough after suffering from a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease for several months. While working at a dance club, she met society osteopath Stephen Ward who introduced her into fashionable circles and the world of parties and banquets. At the height of the Cold War, the then year-old model had an affair with a married politician John Profumo, who was then the Secretary of State for War.
Christine Keeler, who has died aged 75, became infamous for her brief affair with the Conservative Secretary of State for War, John Profumo, which she conducted in while carrying on a relationship with a Soviet agent; bound up as it was with espionage and political intrigue, the "Profumo Affair" resulted in a political crisis and contributed to a climate of opinion that led ultimately to the downfall of the Macmillan Government. The scandal somehow defined a generation. A devastating, leggy beauty, Christine Keeler became an icon of the times in her own right through a famous and much parodied Lewis Morley photograph in which she sits, naked and pouting, astride a Jacobson butterfly chair.
An iconic nude has just gone on view at the National Portrait Gallery. Lewis Morley's photograph of Christine Keeler is included in a display to mark the 50th anniversary of the Profumo affairthe Tory sex scandal that rocked — or perhaps it is fairer to say delighted — Britain. The display reveals that Morley photographed Keeler as publicity and screen-testing for a film about the events that led to the resignation of John Profumosecretary of state for war in Harold Macmillan's government.
She was at the centre of a political scandal that has been imitated but never equalled, even after nearly 50 years. John Profumo, the secretary of state for war, was forced to admit to lying to the House of Commons about his relationship with Christine Keeler, a call girl whose family home had been a pair of disused railway carriages in Berkshire. For Profumo, the scandal was a catastrophe, a career-ending disgrace from which he never recovered. Harold Macmillan, the Conservative prime minister, resigned a few months later, in October