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John Lennon

(1940-1980), Musician; co-founder and singer for The Beatles

Sitter in 74 portraits
Artist of 2 portraits
Born in Liverpool, John Lennon was a singer, songwriter, artist and member of the Beatles. Lennon married Cynthia Powell in August 1962 and later married Yoko Ono who he met at the Indica Gallery in London. In 1970, the Beatles split and Lennon embarked on a solo career. Although his first solo album Imagine and the song with the same name, reflected many of his personal and idealistic dreams for the world, it became the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed album of his career. On 8 December 1980, he became a victim of an assassination by a crazed fan. He died on the doorstep of The Dakota building in New York, aged forty.

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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

John Lennon, by Harry Goodwin - NPG x128573

John Lennon

by Harry Goodwin
resin print from original negative, 10 April 1965
NPG x128573

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

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

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