Rare photographs by actor Peter Sellers to go on display to support British Heart Foundation

29 September 2015        

Comedian and photographer Peter Sellers

Photographs taken by iconic actor Peter Sellers are set to go on display in a week-long exhibition to help raise money for our Nation of Lifesavers campaign. 

Peter Sellers - Behind the Camera, a unique retrospective of one of the world’s great comedy actors, will run at exclusive Knightsbridge-based pop up space 19 Beauchamp Place from Monday 26 October until Sunday 1 November.

Curated by Sellers’ daughter, Sarah, and Sarah’s daughter, Emily, the exhibition comprises 50 rare images, either taken by the artist himself or relating to his photographic career.

Many of the framed images will be offered for sale at auction and there will be a limited edition fully illustrated catalogue, also featuring photographs not in the exhibition. Proceeds will go towards helping raise money for our Nation of Lifesavers campaign to teach everyone life saving CPR skills, as both Peter and Peter's son died tragically from a heart attack.  

Among the images is one of South African heart transplant pioneer Dr Christiaan Barnard, taken in 1976, the same year Sellers was invited to photograph Barnard perform open heart surgery in Cape Town.

The exhibition

The exhibition features several photographs of the Royal Family, including Prince Charles with The Queen Mother, and Princess Margaret and a young Viscount Linley at Kensington Palace in 1967. It also includes a veritable who’s who of some of the era’s most famous faces, among them Nanette Newman, Tessa Dahl, and Charles Aznavour. Ringo Starr is captured on location during the making of The Magic Christian, whilst Liza Minnelli and Sophia Loren appear in two Vogue photoshoots, both from 1973. 

Sarah said: “I wanted to find a way to celebrate my father’s life, his family and his love of photography. Peter Sellers: Behind the Camera, organised in support of The British Heart Foundation, is the result. We really hope that the public enjoy it. We think it is something he would have been proud of.”

For more information about the exhibition contact the BHF Special Events team on 020 7554 0257 or [email protected]