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Paul McCartney (1942-), Musician and member of The Beatles and Wings

Sir (James) Paul McCartney

Sitter in 50 portraits
Born in Liverpool, McCartney reached international fame in the 1960s as a member of The Beatles, before becoming leader of the group Wings, with his first wife Linda McCartney, and later commencing on a successful solo career. McCartney is one of the most distinctive lyricists in popular music, with She Loves You, I Want to Hold Your Hand and Mull of Kintyre among his most famous works. His most recent album New was released in 2013. Outspoken vegetarian and activist, McCartney is a patron of a number of international charities. A seminal influence on popular culture, he was knighted in 1997.

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Paul McCartney ('Mike's Brother')

by Sam Walsh
oil on masonite, 1964
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6172

5695

Paul McCartney

by Humphrey Ocean (Humphrey Anthony Erdeswick Butler-Bowdon)
oil on canvas, 1983
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5695

x194205

Harold Wilson with 'The Beatlles'

by Central Press
vintage print, 19 March 1964
NPG x194205

x128568

The Beatles (Ringo Starr; John Lennon; George Harrison; Paul McCartney)

by Robert Whitaker
modern bromide fibre print from digital file, 1965
NPG x128568

x128576

Paul McCartney

by Harry Goodwin
resin print from original negative, 10 April 1965
NPG x128576

x137678

The Beatles with Richard Lester

by Michael Peto
modern bromide print from an original negative, 12 April 1965
NPG x137678

x128616

The Beatles with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

by Philip Townsend
bromide fibre print, 31 August 1967
NPG x128616

x128707

Linda McCartney; Paul McCartney

by Humphrey Ocean (Humphrey Anthony Erdeswick Butler-Bowdon)
bromide fibre print, May 1976
NPG x128707

x126137

The wedding of Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach

by Terry O'Neill
bromide fibre print, 27 April 1981
NPG x126137

x45798

Paul McCartney

by Janet Macoska
selenium-toned bromide fibre print, 24 August 1989
NPG x45798

x134778

Paul McCartney

by John Swannell
archival digital print, 2007
NPG x134778

P576

Mary McCartney; Paul McCartney

by Linda McCartney
platinum print, 1969
NPG P576

x88775

Paul McCartney

by (Peter) Michael ('Mike') McCartney (McGear)
bromide print, early 1960s
NPG x88775

x88777

The Beatles (Pete Best; George Harrison; John Lennon; Paul McCartney)

by (Peter) Michael ('Mike') McCartney (McGear)
bromide print, early 1960s
NPG x88777

x88779

Paul McCartney

by (Peter) Michael ('Mike') McCartney (McGear)
bromide print, early 1960s
NPG x88779

x88780

Paul McCartney; John Lennon

by (Peter) Michael ('Mike') McCartney (McGear)
bromide print, early 1960s
NPG x88780

x88785

John Lennon; Paul McCartney; Pete Best; George Harrison

by (Peter) Michael ('Mike') McCartney (McGear)
bromide print, early 1960s
NPG x88785

x128566

The Beatles (Ringo Starr; George Harrison; Paul McCartney; John Lennon)

by Fiona Adams
modern bromide fibre print from digital file, April 1963
NPG x128566

x128567

The Beatles (Ringo Starr; George Harrison; Paul McCartney; John Lennon)

by Fiona Adams
modern bromide fibre contact sheet from digital file, 1963
NPG x128567

x135759

Norman Parkinson photographing The Beatles with George Martin

by David Searle
modern matte bromide print, 12 September 1963
NPG x135759