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

1 portrait of Ringo Starr

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

by Robert Whitaker
cibachrome print, 1966
18 in. x 16 in. (457 mm x 407 mm)
Purchased, 1999
Primary Collection
NPG P733


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  • Robert Whitaker (1939-2011), Photographer. Artist of 15 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

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This notorious image was famously used on the cover of The Beatles American album Yesterday and Today before being rapidly withdrawn. Whitaker had never intended it as a cover but part of a more elaborate composition using props from Salvador Dali's basement. In Britain it appeared full-page in the NME of June 3 1966 to advertise the 10 June release of Paperback Writer.

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