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John Lennon

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

Sitter in 80 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 on the cover of Record Songbook, May 1963 (George Harrison; John Lennon; Ringo Starr; Paul McCartney), published by Felix McGlennon Ltd., after  Unknown photographer - NPG D48607

The Beatles on the cover of Record Songbook, May 1963 (George Harrison; John Lennon; Ringo Starr; Paul McCartney)

published by Felix McGlennon Ltd., after Unknown photographer
halftone reproduction, published 1963
NPG D48607

Sheet music cover for 'Can't Buy Me Love' by The Beatles (Paul McCartney; Ringo Starr; George Harrison; John Lennon), published by Northern Songs Ltd, after  (Dezider) Dezo Hoffmann - NPG D48344

Sheet music cover for 'Can't Buy Me Love' by 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

Sheet music cover for 'I Feel Fine' by The Beatles (Ringo Starr; Paul McCartney; John Lennon; George Harrison), published by Northern Songs Ltd, after  Robert Whitaker - NPG D48345

Sheet music cover for 'I Feel Fine' by The Beatles (Ringo Starr; Paul McCartney; John Lennon; George Harrison)

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

Beatles '65 (George Harrison; Ringo Starr; Paul McCartney; John Lennon), published by Northern Songs Ltd, after  Unknown photographer - NPG D48601

Beatles '65 (George Harrison; Ringo Starr; Paul McCartney; John Lennon)

published by Northern Songs Ltd, after Unknown photographer
halftone reproduction, published 1964
NPG D48601

The Beatles on the cover of Record Songbook, January 1964 (Paul McCartney; John Lennon; George Harrison; Ringo Starr), published by Felix McGlennon Ltd., after  Unknown photographer - NPG D48608

The Beatles on the cover of Record Songbook, January 1964 (Paul McCartney; John Lennon; George Harrison; Ringo Starr)

published by Felix McGlennon Ltd., after Unknown photographer
halftone reproduction, published 1964
NPG D48608

Sheet music cover for 'Help!' by The Beatles (John Lennon; Paul McCartney; Ringo Starr; George Harrison), published by Northern Songs Ltd, after  Unknown photographer - NPG D48346

Sheet music cover for 'Help!' by The Beatles (John Lennon; Paul McCartney; Ringo Starr; George Harrison)

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

Sheet music cover for 'Ticket to Ride' by The Beatles (John Lennon; George Harrison; Ringo Starr; Paul McCartney), published by Northern Songs Ltd, after  Unknown photographer - NPG D48347

Sheet music cover for 'Ticket to Ride' by The Beatles (John Lennon; George Harrison; Ringo Starr; Paul McCartney)

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

Sheet music cover for 'Girl' by The Beatles (Ringo Starr; John Lennon; Paul McCartney; George Harrison), published by Northern Songs Ltd, after  Robert Whitaker - NPG D48348

Sheet music cover for 'Girl' by The Beatles (Ringo Starr; John Lennon; Paul McCartney; George Harrison)

published by Northern Songs Ltd, after Robert Whitaker
halftone reproduction, published 1965
NPG D48348

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

Sheet music cover for 'Yesterday' by The Beatles (John Lennon; George Harrison; Paul McCartney; Ringo Starr)

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

John Lennon, by Richard Avedon - NPG D43287

John Lennon

by Richard Avedon
colour offset lithograph poster, 1967
NPG D43287

Sheet music cover for 'Penny Lane' by The Beatles (John Lennon; Paul McCartney; Ringo Starr; George Harrison), published by Northern Songs Ltd, after  Jean-Marie Périer - NPG D48349

Sheet music cover for 'Penny Lane' by 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

Yoko Ono; John Lennon, by Cecil Beaton - NPG D17947(122)

Yoko Ono; John Lennon

by Cecil Beaton
pencil, late 1960s-early 1970s
NPG D17947(122)

John Lennon, by Cecil Beaton - NPG D17947(123)

John Lennon

by Cecil Beaton
pencil, late 1960s-early 1970s
NPG D17947(123)

Sheet music cover for 'Hey Jude' by The Beatles (Ringo Starr; Paul McCartney; George Harrison; John Lennon), published by Northern Songs Ltd, after  John Kelly, and after  Stephen Goldblatt - NPG D48350

Sheet music cover for 'Hey Jude' by 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

Image currently unavailable owing to copyright restrictions

Paul McCartney; John Lennon

by Mike McCartney
bromide print, early 1960s
NPG x88780

Image currently unavailable owing to copyright restrictions

John Lennon; Paul McCartney; Pete Best; George Harrison

by Mike McCartney
bromide print, early 1960s
NPG x88785

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