10 of 80 portraits of John Lennon
by Linda McCartney
platinum print, 1968
20 1/4 in. x 14 in. (514 mm x 356 mm)
Given by the photographer, Linda McCartney, 1994
Sitterback to top
- John Lennon (1940-1980), Musician; co-founder and singer for The Beatles. Sitter in 80 portraits, Artist of 2 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Linda McCartney (1941-1998), Photographer, artist, musician, businesswoman, cookery writer and animal rights activist; late wife of Sir Paul McCartney. Artist of 14 portraits, Sitter in 10 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Photographed at Abbey Road Studios during the recording of the Beatles' The White Album.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Cooper, John, Great Britons: The Great Debate, 2002, p. 151 Read entry
Paul McCartney and American photographer Linda Eastman married in March 1969; no other Beatle was invited to the wedding. Relations between Paul and John worsened as the group disintegrated, with Paul's affairs managed by Linda's family law firm. Paul and John carried the dispute into music; John's 'How Do You Sleep?' was pure invective.
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 376
- Toksvig, Sandi; Dyer, Richard, Gay Icons, 2009 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 2 July - 18 October 2009), p. 47
Events of 1968back to top
Current affairsEnoch Powell delivers his 'Rivers of Blood' speech in Birmingham in opposition to anti-discrimination legislation and immigration from the commonwealth. The speech is usually regarded as racist and blamed for stirring up racial prejudice. Powell was sacked from the shadow cabinet as a result, but received considerable public approval at the time for his views.
Fay Sislin becomes England first black woman police officer.