Snapping the Sixties exhibition at Mottisfont

A black and white photograph of Lichfield and his assistants

An exhibition of iconic portraits from some of Britain's most famous photographers: Lichfield, Duffy and Donovan.

Lichfield, Duffy and Donovan: Snapping the Sixties is on show from Saturday 21 September to Sunday 10 November, 11am - 5pm (closing at 4pm from Monday 4 November). 

Normal property admission price only (please note that peak price applies for non-members for the August bank holiday). For visitors unable to access the second floor gallery, we have digital versions of exhibitions on iPads which are available on lower levels.

The exhibition of over fifty photographs evokes the spirit of the Sixties with famous faces and flawless fashion sense. Mostly black-and-white, the featured subjects include models and musicians, film stars and politicians.

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards photographed by Lichfield
A photograph of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards by Patrick Lichfield
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards photographed by Lichfield

You’ll find Twiggy wearing an outfit by Mary Quant, George Best leaning against a goalpost, and Paul McCartney and George Martin at a recording session in a London studio. Fashion shoots for leading lifestyle magazines such as Vogue and Elle show off the era’s iconic styles.

Lichfield, Duffy and Donovan were all incredibly influential photographers who each helped to define the vibrant Sixties photographic scene in their own ways, capturing the fashionable stars and high society of ‘Swinging London’.

While documenting the post-war exuberance of the era they became central to the cultural movement - celebrities in their own right who helped shaped the future of fashion photography as a genre. Mottisfont’s exhibition reveals some of the very best of their work. Far more than just celebrity portraits, these artistic and evocative photographs have helped define an era.

Alongside the photographic exhibition, Mottisfont is also hosting a show of painted portraits from its own permanent 20th century art collection in one room of the gallery.

An oil painting of Lake Como by the artist Derek Hill

The Derek Hill Collection 

Mottisfont houses a permanent collection of 20th-century art, amassed by the artist Derek Hill. This inspiring collection includes artists such as L.S. Lowry, Barbara Hepworth and Graham Sutherland. You can see many of these works in the Morning Room. There are also smaller, focused displays in the West Corridor.