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Paul McCartney

(1942-), Musician and member of The Beatles and Wings

Sir (James) Paul McCartney

Sitter in 55 portraits
Born in Liverpool, McCartney reached international fame in the 1960s as a member of The Beatles, before becoming leader of the group Wings, with his first wife Linda McCartney, and later commencing on a successful solo career. McCartney is one of the most distinctive lyricists in popular music, with She Loves You, I Want to Hold Your Hand and Mull of Kintyre among his most famous works. Outspoken vegetarian and activist, McCartney is a patron of a number of international charities. A seminal influence on popular culture, he was knighted in 1997.

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Paul McCartney ('Mike's Brother'), by Sam Walsh - NPG 6172

Paul McCartney ('Mike's Brother')

by Sam Walsh
oil on masonite, 1964
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6172

Paul McCartney, by Humphrey Ocean - NPG 5695

Paul McCartney

by Humphrey Ocean
oil on canvas, 1983
NPG 5695

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

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

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



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