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Pattie Boyd

(1944-), Former wife of George Harrison, and later wife of Eric Clapton

Patricia Ann ('Pattie') Boyd

Sitter in 4 portraits
Fashion model and muse. In 1962, after working as a hairdresser, Boyd began a career in modelling and worked with the leading photographers of the day, including David Bailey, Terence Donovan and Eric Swayne. In 1964 she met George Harrison on the set of A Hard Day's Night (1964), they married in 1966 and she inspired his song 'Something' (1969). Boyd later married Eric Clapton (b.1945) whose song 'Layla' (1970) she also inspired. She has had a number of successful photography exhibitions and published her autobiography Wonderful Today: George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Me (2007).

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Pattie Boyd, by Eric Swayne - NPG x135476

Pattie Boyd

by Eric Swayne
selenium-toned silver print, 1963
NPG x135476

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

Pattie Boyd, by Eric Swayne - NPG x135475

Pattie Boyd

by Eric Swayne
selenium-toned silver print, 1967
NPG x135475

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