HAROLD MACMILLAN, HIS BEDROOM, BIRCH GROVE, ENGLAND, 1963
THE WATERMARK AND THE SIGNATURE ON THE IMAGE WILL NOT BE PRESENT ON AN ORIGINAL PRINT.
David Steen: “Macmillan was Prime Minister at the time and I went to photograph him one Sunday, at church in the morning and then at Birch Grove his country home. He was the perfect gentleman and offered to show me the house – which was certainly helpful. I stood in his bedroom overawed at being there, in the Prime Minister’s bedroom. There were his slippers, two telephones (one red which he told me was his hotline to President Kennedy) and a small bottle of Lucozade on the side. Pointing to a door, he said, ‘Dorothy’s room is over there.’ (The fact of his wife’s enduring affair with another man eventually became common knowledge, but not the stuff of gossip columns). This is the picture of a lonely man. It was only when the film was processed that I saw the knees of his trousers were patched.”