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

2 of 55 portraits of John Lennon

The Beatles (George Harrison; Stuart Sutcliffe; John Lennon), by Astrid Kirchherr, 1960 - NPG P1691 - © Astrid Kirchherr / Getty Images

© Astrid Kirchherr / Getty Images

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

by Astrid Kirchherr
gelatin silver print, 1960
12 1/4 in. x 9 3/8 in. (310 mm x 238 mm)
Purchased, 2012
Primary Collection
NPG P1691


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  • George Harrison (1943-2001), Musician; member of The Beatles. Sitter associated with 48 portraits.
  • John Lennon (1940-1980), Musician; co-founder and singer for The Beatles. Sitter associated with 55 portraits.
  • Stuart Sutcliffe (1940-1962), Artist and musician. Sitter in 3 portraits.

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Sutcliffe met Lennon when both were students at Liverpool College of Art, and in January 1960 he joined with Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison in their rather shambling, amateur rock group, presently between names but soon to become the Beatles. He was their first bass guitarist. Sutcliffe left the group in June 1961 to continue painting, and enrolled at the Hamburg College of Art after being awarded a postgraduate scholarship. McCartney then became the Beatles' bass player. The Beatles appeared periodically in Hamburg from 1960 to 1962; Lennon later said, 'I might have been born in Liverpool but I grew up in Hamburg.'