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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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6172

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