Top row (left), left to right:
Mr Bartlett, Brian Richmond, Dr John Lee, Dr Bethel Solomons, John Stott, unidentified publisher, Michael Chase, Gerald Howson.
Second row (left), left to right:
Hazel Bell, Professor John Bell, Jean Cooke, Cyril Reason.
Centre: Jason Bratby, David Bratby, Jean Cooke.
Right: Bruce Lacey, Sally Vincent, Dr Bethel Solomons, Dr John Lee.
Below: Undidentified journalist, Hazel Bell.
'This random assembly of Bratby's friends and acquaintances in the mid 1960s is held together by the clowning figure of Bruce Lacey. Bratby had just read Robert Graves and draws a parallel between the classical parody and Lacey's 1960s satire. In the introduction to his small retrospective at the South London Art Gallery, he wrote "In [the] picture there are two flanking blocks of conformist bourgeoisie viewing with distaste a little group of non-conforming creatures which include a leopard ... The ... pictures are about the positioning of images, mostly human in relationship to each other"' (see Exhibition catalogue, John Bratby Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, London, 1991, p. 57).