Philip Townsend exhibits at The Playboy Club

The Playboy Club is launching a gallery space on 21 March – and the first artist to show his work will be celebrated photographer Philip Townsend, whose collection is entitled Sorry You Missed the 60s.

During his career, Townsend caught on camera debutantes and their beaux, lords and club owners, press barons and business moguls, stars and socialites, royals and ruffians, and above all the new aristocrats of pop and rock, spearheaded by The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.

The photographer’s collection celebrates the stars of this glamorous decade: from pictures of young rock band The Rolling Stones setting out for their first photoshoot, to pre-supermodel Twiggy posing in a psychedelic two-piece and Cilla Black preparing for a stage performance. Other high-profile personalities in the exhibition include The Beatles, Winston Churchill, Dudley Moore, Maria Callas, Grace Kelly, Somerset Maugham, Cilla Black, Gene Pitney and Marlon Brando.

Art collectors will be able to purchase some of the photographs as limited-edition silver-bromide prints; prices start at £995.

This is the first of a programme of art exhibitions that will take place at The Playboy Club’s new Gallery space. From April, the club will play host to a number of famous artists and photographers, courtesy of the Watergate Street Gallery in Chester.

Non-members of the club are welcome to visit the exhibition from 21 March-30 April. The exhibition will be open to the public – including non-members – Monday to Saturday from 12pm-9pm and all day on Sundays. For more information, contact