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Australia 1926 – Sydney 2012

Henley Regatta 1953 Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph

Dimensions: 59.4 h x 41.7 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1982
Accession No: NGA 82.1820

David Potts served an apprenticeship at Russell Robert’s American-style advertising and illustration studio in Sydney before setting off for London in 1950. His friend, David Moore, soon joined him: they shared digs while working hard to establish themselves on the British scene. In fact Potts thrived in 1950s London, working for all of the great magazines – Life, The Observer and Picture Post. He later recalled, ‘Britain was a terrific place. They had recently announced the first jet airliner, the Comet, and television had just been introduced’. Potts is perhaps best known for his image of a couple watching the Henley Regatta from the bank, a photograph which was included in the summer exhibition at the Royal Academy in 1953. The Royal Regatta, run over five days in the first weekend in July, has been held every year since 1839 on the River Thames by the town of Henley-on-Thames.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra