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Blake had met The Beatles in the early 1960s, before their acceleration to super-stardom following the release of the No. 1 hit album 'Please Please Me' in March 1963. His portrait of The Beatles was part of a series based on pop musicians, also including Bo Diddley and The Lettermen that Blake embarked on after a trip to Los Angeles with his Californian wife, Jann Haworth, in November 1963. Blake has mimicked the idiosyncrasies of the printing process by including the coloured auras surrounding the Fab Four's shoulders, caused through mis-registration.
Cryla acrylic on hardboard
H 122 x W 91 cm
gift from Colin St John Wilson through the National Art Collections Fund
The Beatles Peter Blake August 1963-68