The Beatles (Ringo Starr, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, John Lennon)
by Robert Whitaker Click on the links below to find out more
colour print, 1965
19 3/4 in. x 15 7/8 in. (503 mm x 402 mm) sight
Purchased with help from Gift Aid visitor ticket donations, 2009
- George Harrison (1943-2001), Musician; member of The Beatles. Sitter in 52 portraits.
- John Lennon (1940-1980), Musician; co-founder and singer for The Beatles. Sitter in 61 portraits, Artist of 3 portraits.
- Sir (James) Paul McCartney (1942-), Musician and member of The Beatles and Wings. Sitter in 55 portraits.
- Ringo Starr (Richard Starkey) (1940-), Musician; drummer for The Beatles. Sitter associated with 40 portraits.
- Robert Whitaker (1939-2011), Photographer. Artist of 15 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
Sir Winston Churchill dies after suffering a stroke at the age of 90. By Royal Decree his body lay in state for three days before he was given a State Funeral (a very rare honour for a non-Royal). Representatives from over 100 countries attended the funeral and thousands of people watched the procession of his coffin down the Thames.
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Julie Christie stars in John Schlesinger's film Darling
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