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

1 portrait of Paul McCartney

The Beatles (George Harrison; Ringo Starr; Paul McCartney; John Lennon), by Terry O'Neill, 1963 - NPG x126131 - © Iconic IMages/Terry O’Neill

© Iconic IMages/Terry O’Neill

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

by Terry O'Neill
bromide fibre print, 1963
20 in. x 30 in. (507 mm x 763 mm)
Given by Terry O'Neill, 2003
Photographs Collection
NPG x126131


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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

  • Terry O'Neill (1938-), Photographer. Artist of 75 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.

This portraitback to top

O'Neill photographed The Beatles early on in their careers, in the year following the signing a record contract under the management of Brian Epstein. It was the year in which they had chart topping success with singles From Me to You, She Loves You and I Want to Hold Your Hand. Following their success in England and America ( in 1964) 'Beatlemania' spread across the world.

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Events of 1963back to top

Current affairs

The Secretary of State for War, John Profumo is found to have lied to the House of Commons when he denied having an affair with the showgirl, Christine Keeler. The Profumo Affair was a public scandal for the Conservative party, and ultimately contributed to the resignation of Harold Macmillan.

Art and science

Doctor Who is first broadcast on the BBC with William Hartnell playing the Doctor. This long running science fiction series about an alien Time Lord who travels through time and space in his police-box-shaped Tardis has been watched by generations of viewers (often from behind the back of the sofa), and features imaginative, but traditionally low-budget, special effects, innovative electronic music, and the Doctor's greatest enemy, the Daleks.

International

John F. Kennedy is assassinated in Texas. The arrest of Lee Harvey Oswald for his murder did not prevent a score of conspiracy theories involving Cuba, the CIA, the KGB, and the Mafia among others. Martin Luther King delivers his 'I have a dream' speech, marking an important moment in the civil rights movement in America and helping to secure him the Nobel Peace Prize' in 1964.

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