Published  05/11/2001
Share:  

Lush countess banned from tube for bare bosom

h1>

Well, in a manner of speaking. Viacom Outdoor vets all advertising for London Underground. It was announced that an uncovered breast and nipple would not be accepted for the National Portrait Gallery’s poster advertising the ‘Painted Ladies’ exhibition, (even if the Countess of Oxford does show great decorum in Sir Peter Lely’s portrait, as if the offending exposure just happened naturally, rather than as a result of a deliberate pose). So natural indeed is Lely’s 17th century portrait, that when used as long ago as 1978, it was accepted in good grace by London Underground. Diana Kirke, Countess of Oxford had been there before (and had been around a bit in her time too). This time an alternative portrait of the Duchess of Richmond, dressed to the nines, has had to be substituted. The title of the exhibition is somewhat provocative, ‘Painted Ladies’ somewhat in the mode of ‘Rembrandt’s Women’. But these are Charles II’s women, and presumably in these neo-Cromwellian times, a damning social and political sub-text is required.

Follow us twitter facebook instagram
studio international logo

Copyright © 1893–2021 Studio International Foundation.

The title Studio International is the property of the Studio International Foundation and, together with the content, are bound by copyright. All rights reserved.

twitter facebook instagram

Studio International is published by:
the Studio International Foundation, PO Box 1545,
New York, NY 10021-0043, USA