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

1 portrait of Ringo Starr

The Beatles (George Harrison; Paul McCartney; Ringo Starr; John Lennon), by Norman Parkinson, Summer 1963 - NPG x133070 - © Norman Parkinson Archive

© Norman Parkinson Archive

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

by Norman Parkinson
bromide print, Summer 1963
9 7/8 in. x 14 3/4 in. (250 mm x 375 mm) image size
Given by Norman Parkinson, 1989
Photographs Collection
NPG x133070

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Sittersback to top

  • George Harrison (1943-2001), Musician; member of The Beatles. Sitter in 49 portraits.
  • John Lennon (1940-1980), Musician; co-founder and singer for The Beatles. Sitter in 59 portraits, Artist of 3 portraits.
  • Sir (James) Paul McCartney (1942-), Musician and member of The Beatles and Wings. Sitter in 51 portraits.
  • Ringo Starr (Richard Starkey) (1940-), Musician; drummer for The Beatles. Sitter associated with 38 portraits.

Artistback to top

  • Norman Parkinson (1913-1990), Photographer. Artist of 241 portraits, Sitter in 13 portraits.

This portraitback to top

The most famous Britons of the 1960s, the Beatles sold 150 million albums during the decade; 'Beatlemania' erupted in the year Parkinson's photograph was taken and for the next seven years the group needed police protection wherever they appeared. Taken in a hotel in Russell Square on an early visit to London.

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