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Artwork - Unfinished Music No.1: Two Virgins
  • Unfinished Music No.1: Two Virgins
    Ono, Yoko, born 1933
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Unfinished Music No.1: Two Virgins

  • Object:

    Artwork

  • Place of origin:

    London (photographed)

  • Date:

    1968 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Ono, Yoko, born 1933 (photographers)
    Lennon, John (photographers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Photographic print on card.

  • Museum number:

    S.1285-1982

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is the proof for the 1968 album artwork for Unfinished Music No.1: Two Virgins, by Yoko Ono and John Lennon. The music itself consists of ambient sounds, tape loops and sound effects, and was originally limited to a release of 5000 in this country.

The cover image was taken using a time-delay camera, in Ringo Starr's basement apartment at Montagu Square. The nudity caused outrage, and distributors had to sell the album in a brown wrapper. The album's title came from the couple's feeling that they were "two innocents, lost in a world gone mad", and because after making the recording, the two consummated their relationship.

The handwritten dedication on this proof is from John Lennon and Yoko Ono to Robert Fraser, a London art dealer who was influential in the London Swinging Sixties scene. He sponsored Yoko Ono's November 1966 exhibition at the Indica Gallery, which is where she first met John Lennon.

Physical description

2 black and white photographic prints of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, nude, on one board. Typed information below the images. Pencilled measurements, and a note in pen from John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

Place of Origin

London (photographed)

Date

1968 (photographed)

Artist/maker

Ono, Yoko, born 1933 (photographers)
Lennon, John (photographers)

Materials and Techniques

Photographic print on card.

Marks and inscriptions

'Just going in time to put my / trousers on' / to Robert with / love from / John x / What about my......? yoko xxx
Note from John Lennon and Yoko Ono to Robert Fraser (1937-1986), who had this item in his gallery before the V&A acquired it.

Dimensions

Height: 52.5 cm, Width: 71 cm

Descriptive line

Proof for album cover of John Lennon and Yoko Ono album, Unfinished Music No.1: Two Virgins, 1968. Two black and white photographic images of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, nude. With handwritten notes from Lennon and Ono.

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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