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

Sir (James) Paul McCartney

Sitter in 51 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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The Beatles (Ringo Starr; John Lennon; George Harrison; Paul McCartney)

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


Paul McCartney

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


The Beatles with Richard Lester

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


The Beatles with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

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


Linda McCartney; Paul McCartney

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


The wedding of Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach

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


Paul McCartney

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


Paul McCartney

by John Swannell
archival digital print, 2007
NPG x134778


Mary McCartney; Paul McCartney

by Linda McCartney
platinum print, 1969
NPG P576


Paul McCartney

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


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

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


Paul McCartney

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


Paul McCartney; John Lennon

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


John Lennon; Paul McCartney; Pete Best; George Harrison

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


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

by Les Chadwick, for Peter Kaye Photography
postcard print, September 1962
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x199158


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

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


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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