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John Lennon

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    London (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    1967 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Avedon, Richard, born 1923 - died 2004 (artist)
    Epstein, Brian, born 1934 - died 1967 (commissioned by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour lithograph

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased through the Julie and Robert Breckman Print Fund

  • Museum number:

    E.278-2002

  • Gallery location:

    On short term loan out for exhibition

Richard Avedon, a leading American photographer, took the original solarized photograph of John Lennon of The Beatles for this poster, in 1967. It was commissioned, alongside three portraits of the other band members and a banner poster of the whole band, by the band’s manager Brian Epstein. The posters were widely distributed by different magazines; The Daily Express in England and Look magazine in the United States. This set is one distributed by Stern magazine in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

These posters are seminal images of the late 1960s, not least because of the subject matter. The Beatles were at the height of their fame and inspired by psychedelia. This poster is an iconic image, showing Lennon with swirling 'trippy' motifs as the lenses of his glasses, referring to LSD and the drug culture of the 1960s.

Physical description

Poster featuring John Lennon of the Beatles, print of solarized photographic image.

Place of Origin

London (possibly, made)

Date

1967 (made)

Artist/maker

Avedon, Richard, born 1923 - died 2004 (artist)
Epstein, Brian, born 1934 - died 1967 (commissioned by)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithograph

Dimensions

Height: 27 in, Width: 19 in

Descriptive line

Poster of John Lennon of the Beatles, print of solarized photographic image, Richard Avedon, late 1960s

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Christoph Grunberg, ed. Summer of Love: Art of the Psychedelic Era London: Tate, 2005. 239 p. : ill. (some col.) ISBN: 1854375954.

Subjects depicted

Eyeglasses; Psychedelia

Categories

Prints; Photographs; Portraits; Fashion; Posters; Psychedelia

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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