Australian-born writer, broadcaster and critic, Greer travelled to England in 1964 to study English Literature at Cambridge University, earning a PhD in 1967. Lousada photographed Greer in the year that her classic text The Female Eunuch was first published, and while Greer was lecturing at Warwick University (1967–72). Her critically acclaimed books cover subjects such as women painters and writers, and include The Obstacle Race (1979) and Shakespeare’s Wife (2007). Greer is currently Professor of English and Comparative Studies at Warwick University.
The display of this portrait celebrates the forthcoming retrospective display Sandra Lousada: Work and Performance in Room 44 from 28 November 2011. This portrait was a magazine commission, to photograph eleven well known subjects in the context of their hair styles. These included Mary Hopkin, Patrick Lichfield, Margaret Thatcher and newsreader Leonard Parkin.