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George Harrison

(1943-2001), Musician; member of The Beatles

Sitter in 62 portraits
Although the youngest and most understated member of The Beatles, George Harrison was a key part of the mix. He wrote two of The Beatles' most enduring songs, 'Something' and 'Here Comes the Sun' and introduced the band to Eastern spiritualism and Indian music. He was the first of the 'Fab Four' to enjoy a solo career with the number one hit 'My Sweet Lord'. In 1971 he launched the concept of pop philanthropy by staging a concert in New York to raise money for famine relief in Bangladesh. With his company Handmade Films he financed successful British films including 'Mona Lisa' and Monty Python's 'Life of Brian'.

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The Beatles (George Harrison; John Lennon), by Astrid Kirchherr - NPG P1692

The Beatles (George Harrison; John Lennon)

by Astrid Kirchherr
gelatin silver print, 1962
NPG P1692

George Harrison, by Robert Whitaker - NPG P735

George Harrison

by Robert Whitaker
bromide print, 1966
NPG P735

George Harrison, by Arnold Newman - NPG P150(19)

George Harrison

by Arnold Newman
colour dye transfer print, 1978
NPG P150(19)

George Harrison, by Alistair Morrison - NPG P485

George Harrison

by Alistair Morrison
bromide print, 1988
NPG P485

The Beatles (George Harrison; John Lennon; Paul McCartney; Ringo Starr), by Les Chadwick, for  Peter Kaye Photography - NPG x199158

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

by Les Chadwick, for Peter Kaye Photography
postcard print, September 1962
NPG x199158

The Beatles (Ringo Starr; George Harrison; Paul McCartney; John Lennon), by Fiona Adams - NPG x128566

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

by Fiona Adams
modern bromide fibre print from digital file, April 1963
NPG x128566

The Beatles (Ringo Starr; George Harrison; Paul McCartney; John Lennon), by Fiona Adams - NPG x128567

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

by Fiona Adams
modern bromide fibre contact sheet from digital file, 1963
NPG x128567

Norman Parkinson photographing The Beatles with George Martin, by David Searle - NPG x135759

Norman Parkinson photographing The Beatles with George Martin

by David Searle
modern matte bromide print, 12 September 1963
NPG x135759

Harold Wilson with 'The Beatles', by Central Press - NPG x194205

Harold Wilson with 'The Beatles'

by Central Press
vintage print, 19 March 1964
NPG x194205

The Beatles (Ringo Starr; John Lennon; George Harrison; Paul McCartney), by Robert Whitaker - NPG x128568

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

by Robert Whitaker
modern bromide fibre print from digital file, 1965
NPG x128568

George Harrison, by Harry Goodwin - NPG x128575

George Harrison

by Harry Goodwin
resin print from original negative, 10 April 1965
NPG x128575

The Beatles with Richard Lester, by Michael Peto - NPG x137678

The Beatles with Richard Lester

by Michael Peto
modern bromide print from original negative, 12 April 1965
NPG x137678

Robert Whitaker; George Harrison, by Robert Whitaker - NPG x134880

Robert Whitaker; George Harrison

by Robert Whitaker
bromide print, 20 May 1966
NPG x134880

The Beatles with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, by Philip Townsend - NPG x128616

The Beatles with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

by Philip Townsend
bromide fibre print, 31 August 1967
NPG x128616

George Harrison; Paul McCartney, by Linda McCartney - NPG x128733

George Harrison; Paul McCartney

by Linda McCartney
bromide fibre print, July 1969
NPG x128733

Ravi Shankar; George Harrison, by Clive Arrowsmith - NPG x199702

Ravi Shankar; George Harrison

by Clive Arrowsmith
digital chromogenic print, 1974
On display in Room 16 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x199702

The wedding of Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach, by Terry O'Neill - NPG x126137

The wedding of Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach

by Terry O'Neill
bromide fibre print, 27 April 1981
NPG x126137

George Harrison; Dhani Harrison, by Terry O'Neill - NPG x126134

George Harrison; Dhani Harrison

by Terry O'Neill
bromide fibre print, 1987
NPG x126134

The Beatles (Paul McCartney; Ringo Starr; George Harrison; John Lennon), published by Frank Music Co Ltd, after  (Dezider) Dezo Hoffmann - NPG D48340

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

published by Frank Music Co Ltd, after (Dezider) Dezo Hoffmann
halftone reproduction, published 1963
NPG D48340

The Beatles (Ringo Starr; George Harrison; John Lennon; Paul McCartney), published by Northern Songs Ltd, after  (Dezider) Dezo Hoffmann - NPG D48341

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

published by Northern Songs Ltd, after (Dezider) Dezo Hoffmann
halftone reproduction, published 1963
NPG D48341

The Beatles (John Lennon; Paul McCartney; George Harrison; Ringo Starr), published by Northern Songs Ltd, after  Astrid Kirchherr - NPG D48342

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

published by Northern Songs Ltd, after Astrid Kirchherr
halftone reproduction, published 1963 (1962)
NPG D48342

The Beatles (Paul McCartney; John Lennon; Ringo Starr; George Harrison), published by Northern Songs Ltd, after  Astrid Kirchherr - NPG D48343

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

published by Northern Songs Ltd, after Astrid Kirchherr
halftone reproduction, published 1963 (1962)
NPG D48343

The Beatles (Paul McCartney; Ringo Starr; George Harrison; John Lennon), published by Northern Songs Ltd, after  (Dezider) Dezo Hoffmann - NPG D48344

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

published by Northern Songs Ltd, after (Dezider) Dezo Hoffmann
halftone reproduction, published 1964
NPG D48344

The Beatles (Ringo Starr; Paul McCartney; John Lennon; George Harrison), published by Northern Songs Ltd, after  Robert Whitaker - NPG D48345

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

published by Northern Songs Ltd, after Robert Whitaker
halftone reproduction, published 1964
NPG D48345

The Beatles (John Lennon; Paul McCartney; Ringo Starr; George Harrison), published by Northern Songs Ltd, after  Unknown photographer - NPG D48346

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

published by Northern Songs Ltd, after Unknown photographer
halftone reproduction, published 1965
NPG D48346

The Beatles (John Lennon; George Harrison; Ringo Starr; Paul McCartney), published by Northern Songs Ltd, after  Unknown photographer - NPG D48347

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

published by Northern Songs Ltd, after Unknown photographer
halftone reproduction, published 1965
NPG D48347

The Beatles (Ringo Starr; John Lennon; Paul McCartney; George Harrison), published by Northern Songs Ltd, after  Unknown photographer - NPG D48348

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

published by Northern Songs Ltd, after Unknown photographer
halftone reproduction, published 1965
NPG D48348

The Beatles (John Lennon; George Harrison; Paul McCartney; Ringo Starr), published by Northern Songs Ltd, after  Unknown photographer - NPG D48352

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

published by Northern Songs Ltd, after Unknown photographer
halftone reproduction, published 1965
NPG D48352

George Harrison, by Richard Avedon - NPG D43289

George Harrison

by Richard Avedon
colour offset lithograph poster, 1967
NPG D43289

The Beatles (John Lennon; Paul McCartney; Ringo Starr; George Harrison), published by Northern Songs Ltd, after  Jean-Marie Périer - NPG D48349

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

published by Northern Songs Ltd, after Jean-Marie Périer
halftone reproduction, published 1967
NPG D48349

The Beatles (Ringo Starr; Paul McCartney; George Harrison; John Lennon), published by Northern Songs Ltd, after  John Kelly, and after  Stephen Goldblatt - NPG D48350

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

published by Northern Songs Ltd, after John Kelly, and after Stephen Goldblatt
halftone reproduction, published 1968
NPG D48350

The Beatles (Paul McCartney; Ringo Starr; John Lennon; George Harrison) with Yoko Ono, published by Northern Songs Ltd, after  Unknown photographer - NPG D48351

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

published by Northern Songs Ltd, after Unknown photographer
halftone reproduction, published 1969
NPG D48351

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