Peter Sellers

Artwork
Medium:
Photographic Print
Date:
1963
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 14" Width: 11"
Description:
A black and white photo of a man, Peter Sellers, sitting on the end of a floral couch in a room wearing a short sleeve button shirt and pants. He has glasses on and has his arms resting on his thighs and his hands between his thighs with a cigarette in his fingers. On the couch to his right there is a stack of papers. There is the corner of a table in the left bottom of the image. Against the wall there are lamps on tables on either side of a painting on the wall. In the right background behind the couch, there is a curtain hanging on the wall.
Historical Context:
Peter Sellers was a famous English comic actor who rose to stardom for his versatility in characters, who started as a drummer in a band touring around British army bases during World War II, but eventually transitioned into comedy and performed celebrity impressions during a six-week run in a London Theatre. He created a radio comedy show called The Goon Show in 1951 with Spike Milligan and Harry Secombe. When he began acting he was determined to never play the same character twice, and this advice led him to be overlooked in England, but a star in America––At the peak of his career he played Inspector Clouseau in The Pink Panther (1963).