Artists on Camera: The Photography of Jorge Lewinski

Talk | Friday 20 September | 4.15pm | 1 hour 

For over thirty years, the photographer Jorge Lewinski created a unique record of artists at work through his portraits of the leading painters and sculptors active in Britain in the second half of the twentieth century. His collection of photographs is unequalled by its range and quality. While he returned to photograph some, he was also diplomatic and persistent in pursuit of sitters reluctant to be photographed at all.

Robert McNab and Lord Burlington will discuss the collection of his portraits at Chatsworth, which reveals the characters (and studios) of some of the most familiar artists of our time and also captures also those whose reputation is, for the moment at least, in eclipse. The Jorge Lewinski archive is a recent extension of Chatsworth’s historic collection of painting, sculpture and drawing that adds a contemporary note to its visitors’ views about the history of portraiture, of collecting and of the history of photography itself.

The Lewinski archive at Chatsworth includes portraits of Francis Bacon, Peter Blake, Elisabeth Frink, Frank Auerbach, Anthony Caro, Gilbert and George, Anthony Gormley, LS Lowry and more than a hundred others.

One of the most versatile and distinguished photographers of his generation… William Packer, Financial Times

A treasure of the Devonshire Collection

More about the speakers

Robert McNab

Robert McNab is an art historian and documentary film producer who has worked with Lord Clark, Robert Hughes, Albert Speer and Robert Crumb. His film subjects include RB Kitaj, Frank Auerbach, Joseph Cornell and Art of the Third Reich (BAFTA). He has published Ghost Ships: A Surrealist Love Triangle (Yale University Press) and The Escape Starts Here (Institute of Janczyk & Karnicki Studies), and he wrote and presented Landscape of Fear: Art in Vichy France (SONY Gold Award).

Lord Burlington

William Burlington studied under Jorge Lewinski, which sparked the idea for photography to be his career. He was a commercial photographer for 8 years before setting up his own studio. Since his grandfather’s death, William has devoted more time to his family’s businesses in Derbyshire and Ireland. He is Chairman of the Devonshire Educational Trust, which oversees 20,000 educational visits annually, and chairs the family’s sustainability and social responsibility committee. A management graduate of Harvard Business School, William is the current High Sheriff of Derbyshire and has been Chancellor of the University of Derby since 2018. He served as a Governor of Byam Shaw School of Art and supported charities including the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the Royal Academy of Arts and Art Angel. Among others, he currently holds posts with the Duke of Devonshire’s Charitable Trust, Peak District Artisans, and Towers & Tales Children’s Literary Festival.​

Banner image: Pauline Boty, 1963 photographed by Jorge Lewinski

Image gallery: Jorge Lewinski, 2008 credit Lord Burlington; Robert McNab, 2017 credit Tino Tedaldi; Lord Burlington, 2018 credit Diane Naylor