As the co-designer of the iconic Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band album cover, Sir Peter Blake will be forever associated with The Beatles.
To coincide with the major exhibition ‘Peter Blake and Pop Music' (until 6 October 2012), Pallant House Gallery has collaborated with Sir Peter Blake to produce an exclusive limited edition screenprint of his renowned portrait of ‘The Beatles 1962', which is housed in the Gallery's own Permanent Collection.
Sir Peter Blake had first met The Fab Four in the early 1960s, before their acceleration to superstardom following the release of the No. 1 hit album ‘Please Please Me' in March 1963. Talking to the critic Mervyn Levy at the time, Blake rather quaintly said: ‘At the moment I'm working on a large conversation piece of the Liverpool song group, The Beatles. Each of these chaps is closely associated with the city and I hope the local fans will find in this picture a visual significance that will somehow match the mood of the music.'
The Beatles 1962 was part of a series on pop musicians, also including Bo Diddley and The Letterman, which Blake had embarked on after a trip to Los Angeles with his Californian wife, Jann Haworth, in November 1963. The composition echoes the design of record sleeves and fan magazines in his use of ‘fairground' central panel and coloured borders. The white boxes were intended to hold each band member's autograph but sadly they were never signed.The screenprint is available exclusively to Pallant House Gallery. To purchase a print, click here or telephone 01243 770813.
Limited edition of 500
Signed and numbered
Print size: 42cm x 60cm
Paper size: 53cm x 70cm
Postage and packing: £20 (UK)