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Mary. Sussex, 1994

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Sussex (made)

  • Date:

    1994 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Linda, McCartney, born 24 - died 1998 (artist)

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of Sir Paul McCartney

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Photography Centre, Room 101, The Sir Elton John and David Furnish Gallery, case ARCH, shelf 2

Linda McCartney (née Eastman) was born in New York City. She studied Fine Art at the University of Arizona, where she was introduced to photography by a tutor. Following success with pictures of the Rolling Stones at a record promotion party in 1966, McCartney began to establish herself as a music photographer. She was commissioned for publicity photographs of touring bands, but also became known for more intimate, behind the scenes pictures.

Throughout her career McCartney photographed many music luminaries of the 1960s such as Aretha Franklin, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, the Doors, the Who and Neil Young. She was also the first woman to have a photograph featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

Her work has been exhibited at the International Centre of Photography, New York, The Royal Photographic Society, Bath, and the V&A. One of her works, Self Portrait in Francis Bacon’s Studio, featured in the Royal Photographic Society book Photogenic, published by Scriptum Editions in 2000.

Physical description

Black and white photograph depicting a close up portrait of a young woman. Close up portrait of face only.

Place of Origin

Sussex (made)


1994 (made)


Linda, McCartney, born 24 - died 1998 (artist)


:, Height: 40.3 cm, Width: 30.5 cm

Descriptive line

Photograph by Linda McCartney, Mary. Sussex, 1994

Labels and date

Photography Centre 2018-20:

Highlights from the McCartney Collection

Linda McCartney photographed many famous and influential figures of the 1960s, including the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and David Bowie. She was the first female photographer to shoot a Rolling Stone magazine cover, with a portrait of Eric Clapton in 1968. She also made many touching personal photographs of her husband, Paul McCartney, and their children. Linda’s work inspired her daughter Mary to take up photography. Mary’s first exhibition featured candid pictures and studies of ballet dancers behind the scenes at Covent Garden’s Royal Opera House. Since then, Mary has gone on to photograph around the world, sharing her mother’s talent for capturing unguarded and unstaged moments.

Mary, Sussex
Bromide Print
8.8 x 10.8cm
E.262-2018 []


Photographic paper






Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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