Paul McCartney

1 portrait of Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney, by Humphrey Ocean (Humphrey Anthony Erdeswick Butler-Bowdon), 1983 - NPG 5695 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Paul McCartney

by Humphrey Ocean (Humphrey Anthony Erdeswick Butler-Bowdon)
oil on canvas, 1983
33 5/8 in. x 19 1/2 in. (854 mm x 495 mm)
Commissioned as part of the First Prize, Imperial Tobacco Portrait Award, 1982, 1983
Primary Collection
NPG 5695


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In the 1970s Ocean had been co-opted by his art tutor Ian Dury as a bass player with the band Kilburn and the High Roads. Already in the rock music world, he then travelled as artist in residence on a Wings tour of America in 1976, and so knew his sitter well when he came to paint him for the National Portrait Gallery.

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  • NPG x19172: Humphrey Ocean; Paul McCartney (includes the portrait)

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  • Audio Guide
  • Gibson, Robin, Treasures from the National Portrait Gallery, 1996, p. 127
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 398
  • Simon, Jacob, The Art of the Picture Frame: Artists, Patrons and the Framing of Portraits in Britain, 1997 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 8 November 1996 - 9 February 1997), p. 188

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