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The National Portrait Gallery had commissioned artist Humphrey Ocean, to create a portrait of Paul McCartney. This portrait was unveiled on this date.
Paul McCartney was not present due to commitments linked to the filming of Give My Regards To Broad Street.
In the 1970s Ocean had been co-opted by his art tutor Ian Dury as a bass player with the band Kilburn and the High Roads. Already in the rock music world, he then travelled as artist in residence on a Wings tour of America in 1976, and so knew his sitter well when he came to paint him for the National Portrait Gallery.
Last updated on December 29, 2019