Pattie Boyd, ‘Portrait With Hand’


By Eric Swayne
London, U.K. 1963
Estate stamped selenium toned silver gelatin print hand signed by
Tom Swayne, executor of the Estate
Edition of 50
Paper size 20h x 24w inches

‘I love life. There’s so much to learn and see all the time, and nothing nicer for me than to wake up, and the sky is blue.’ Pattie Boyd

This studio portrait is included in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery in London, United Kingdom. Eric Swayne and Pattie Boyd had a relationship from 1962 to 1964. ‘Eric Swayne made everyone laugh. He lived in a flat in Chelsea Studios, a fifties building next to Chelsea football ground, with the photographer David Hurn next door. Grace Coddington, another model, who later became a legendary figure at Vogue, had the flat above. Eric was thirty and came from the East End of London. He looked up to David Bailey, who was from the same area. Bailey photographed Jean Shrimpton and they were emerging as fashion’s golden couple. Eric wanted to do for me what Bailey had done for Jean: he wanted to be my style guru. He wanted to show me how to do my hair and makeup and to help me with my modelling. He introduced me to lots of photographers and it was through him that I met Bailey and Jean Shrimpton. I was such a fan that I was dumb-struck when I met her. She was stunningly beautiful and he was so funny; they were a wonderful couple. She was much taller than him and came from Berkshire—her background was similar to mine.’ Pattie Boyd

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