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John Lennon (1940-1980), Musician; co-founder and singer for The Beatles

Sitter associated with 55 portraits
Born in Liverpool, John Lennon was a singer, songwriter, artist and member of the Beatles. Lennon married Cynthia Powell in August 1962 and later married Yoko Ono who he met at the Indica Gallery in London. In 1970, the Beatles split and Lennon embarked on a solo career. Although his first solo album Imagine and the song with the same name, reflected many of his personal and idealistic dreams for the world, it became the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed album of his career. On 8 December 1980, he became a victim of an assassination by a crazed fan. He died on the doorstep of The Dakota building in New York, aged forty.

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P1691

The Beatles (George Harrison; Stuart Sutcliffe; John Lennon)

by Astrid Kirchherr
gelatin silver print, 1960
NPG P1691

P1692

The Beatles (George Harrison; John Lennon)

by Astrid Kirchherr
gelatin silver print, 1962
NPG P1692

x128573

John Lennon

by Harry Goodwin
resin print from original negative, 10 April 1965
NPG x128573

x137678

The Beatles with Richard Lester

by Michael Peto
modern bromide print from an original negative, 12 April 1965
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x137678