The Beatles with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
The Beatles with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
by Philip Townsend
bromide fibre print, 31 August 1967
12 in. x 17 1/2 in. (304 mm x 443 mm) image size
Given by Philip Townsend, 2006
Artistback to top
- Philip Townsend (1940-2016), Photographer. Artist associated with 6 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
Sittersback to top
- Jane Asher (1946-), Actress and writer. Sitter in 6 portraits. Identify
- Neil Aspinall (1942-2008), Assistant and road manager for The Beatles. Sitter in 1 portrait. Identify
- Patricia Ann ('Pattie') Boyd (1944-), Former wife of George Harrison, and later wife of Eric Clapton. Sitter in 4 portraits. Identify
- Malcolm ('Mal') Evans (1935-1976), Assistant to The Beatles. Sitter in 2 portraits. Identify
- George Harrison (1943-2001), Musician; member of The Beatles. Sitter in 68 portraits. Identify
- John Lennon (1940-1980), Musician; co-founder and singer for The Beatles. Sitter in 80 portraits, Artist of 2 portraits. Identify
- (Peter) Michael ('Mike') McCartney (McGear) (1944-), Musician; member of The Scaffold and photographer. Sitter in 8 portraits, Artist of 11 portraits. Identify
- Sir (James) Paul McCartney (1942-), Musician and member of The Beatles and Wings. Sitter in 78 portraits, Artist of 1 portrait. Identify
- Maureen Starr (née Mary Cox, later Tigrett) (1946-1994), First wife of Ringo Starr and wife of Isaac Burton Tigrett. Sitter in 3 portraits. Identify
- Sir Ringo Starr (Richard Starkey) (1940-), Musician; drummer for The Beatles. Sitter associated with 61 portraits. Identify
- Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (né Mahesh Srivastava) (1917-2008), Founder of the Transcendental Meditation Movement. Sitter in 1 portrait. Identify
This portraitback to top
Left to Right: Mal Evans, Paul McCartney, Jane Asher, Pattie Boyd, Mike McCartney, Neil Aspinall, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, Maureen Starr, George Harrison, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
This portrait was taken in London, a few days after the Maharishi had lectured on Transcendental Meditation, at the Hilton Hotel, Park Lane. The band, their wives, girlfriends and several other friends attended a weekend seminar led by the Maharishi in Bangor, North Wales. During their stay in Wales, the band received the news that their manager, Brian Epstein, had been found dead in his London home.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Whitaker, Robert, Beatles to Bowie: the 60s exposed, 2009 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 15 October 2009 - 24 January 2010), p. 150
Placesback to top
- Place made and portrayed: United Kingdom: England, London (possibly the drawing room of Miss Pitman, Albert Place, West Kensington, London)
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
Events of 1967back to top
Current affairsHarold Wilson decides to devalue the pound by nearly 15% in order to ' break out from the straitjacket' of boom and bust economics. The decision was controversial and prompted Wilson to reassure the public that the 'pound in your pocket' would not be worth any less.
Art and scienceThe Beatles release Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, with a record sleeve designed by pop artist, Peter Blake. The band's musical experimentation and colourful new look was an example of psychedelic, and the LP is often regarded as one of the first concept albums.
InternationalChe Guevara is captured and executed in Bolivia. The guerrilla leader and revolutionary icon was hunted down by the CIA and captured and shot by Bolivian Special Forces. He had been leading Bolivian insurgents in an attempt to overthrow the government.
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