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Photograph - John Lennon and Paul McCartney
  • John Lennon and Paul McCartney
    Bailey, David, born 1938
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John Lennon and Paul McCartney

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (probably, photographed)

  • Date:

    January 1965 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bailey, David, born 1938 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gelatin-silver print

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the artist. Copyright David Bailey

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 909, box K

Physical description

Black and white portrait of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, both wearing dark clothing; Lennon, above McCartney, rests his chin on the latter's head.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (probably, photographed)


January 1965 (photographed)


Bailey, David, born 1938 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Gelatin-silver print


Height: 50.5 cm, Width: 49.3 cm

Object history note

David Bailey has long been one of the most famous commercial photographers in the world. He has worked for magazines and newspapers from Vogue to the Daily Telegraph, photographing most of the key cultural figures from the worlds of pop music, literature and theatre with a simple and dramatic style. He has remarked that his approach was inspired by the the style and free expression of working girls in dance halls. Bailey continues to have a successful and high profile career as a photographer and film maker.

Descriptive line

'John Lennon and Paul McCartney' from 'Box of Pin Ups', 1964, gelatin-silver print, David Bailey

Subjects depicted



Photographs; Portraits


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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