Birds of Bri­tain

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ON Satur­day, pho­tographs from the con­tro­ver­sial 1960s book that put Swing­ing Lon­don on the map will be ex­hib­ited for the first time, at Snap Gal­leries, 12, Pic­cadilly Ar­cade, Lon­don SW1 (020– 7493 1152; www.snap­gal­leries.com). Birds of Bri­tain, pub­lished in 1967, achieved im­me­di­ate cult suc­cess and fea­tured mod­els, So­ci­ety girls, singers, ac­tresses, debu­tantes and movers and shak­ers—in short, ‘the most bril­liant and beau­ti­ful women’ of Bri­tain —all dot­ingly cap­tured by John D. Green.

The ‘birds’ in­cluded Julie Christie, Dusty Spring­field, Suzan­nah York, Mary Quant, Char­lotte Ram­pling, Mar­i­anne Faith­full, Mary-gaye Cur­zon and Jane Birkin; blueeyed Pat­tie Boyd (right), for­mer wife of Ge­orge har­ri­son and eric Clap­ton, was the book’s cover star. All these plus pre­vi­ously un­seen im­ages will fea­ture in the ex­hi­bi­tion, from Oc­to­ber 1 to Novem­ber 26. On De­cem­ber 12, a se­quel, The Big Book of Birds of Bri­tain, will be pub­lished by Or­mond Yard Press.

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