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

Sir (James) Paul McCartney

Sitter in 50 portraits
Song-writer, vocalist and bass guitarist. Born in Liverpool he was originally a member of the Beatles and subsequently leader of his own group, Wings. A seminal influence on pop culture throughout the world, McCartney is one of the most distinctive lyricists in popular music. She Loves You, I Want to Hold Your Hand and Mull of Kintyre are among his works. More recent work includes his Liverpool Oratorio, which he co-composed with Carl Davis in 1991 and Working Classical (1999).

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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
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Paul McCartney

by Humphrey Ocean (Humphrey Anthony Erdeswick Butler-Bowdon)
oil on canvas, 1983
NPG 5695

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Harold Wilson with 'The Beatlles'

by Central Press
vintage print, 19 March 1964
NPG x194205

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Paul McCartney

by Harry Goodwin
resin print from original negative, 10 April 1965
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The Beatles with Richard Lester

by Michael Peto
modern bromide print from an original negative, 12 April 1965
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The Beatles with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

by Philip Townsend
bromide fibre print, 31 August 1967
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Linda McCartney; Paul McCartney

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

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The wedding of Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach

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

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Paul McCartney

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

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Paul McCartney

by John Swannell
archival digital print, 2007
NPG x134778

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Mary McCartney; Paul McCartney

by Linda McCartney
platinum print, 1969
NPG P576

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Paul McCartney

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

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

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

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

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Paul McCartney; John Lennon

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

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John Lennon; Paul McCartney; Pete Best; George Harrison

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

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

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

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

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

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Norman Parkinson photographing The Beatles with George Martin

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

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

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

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

by Jim Marshall
bromide fibre print, 29 August 1966
NPG x128609

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

by Linda McCartney
bromide fibre print, 19 May 1967
NPG x128735

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Paul McCartney

by Linda McCartney
cibachrome print, June 1968
NPG x128729

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John Lennon; Paul McCartney

by Linda McCartney
bromide fibre print, 1968
NPG x128734

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Paul McCartney

by Linda McCartney
bromide fibre print, July 1969
NPG x128732

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George Harrison; Paul McCartney

by Linda McCartney
bromide fibre print, July 1969
NPG x128733

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Paul and Linda McCartney's Wedding

by John Kelly
bromide print, 1969
NPG x134884

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Humphrey Ocean; Paul McCartney

by Linda McCartney
bromide print, circa 1983
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