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1964 • For The Beatles • Directed by Richard Lester
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Lost Photographs of The Beatles: developed from original negatives for a new exhibition at Shapero Modern in Mayfair
Thursday 9th December 2021– Sunday 16th January 2022
Incredibly rare and never before seen, new photographs of the internationally renowned rock band The Beatles will be on show in Mayfairʼs Shapero Modern this December. These lost photographs were taken on the set of the bandʼs first film A Hard Dayʼs Night by Lord Christopher Thynne (1934 – 2017).
The negatives remained undeveloped for fifty-seven years but now these re-discovered photographs will re-invigorate Beatlemania. Each of the developed prints is available in two sizes but strictly limited to thirty-five of each.
This exhibition at Shapero Modern will not only highlight the tantalising rarity of the photographs, but will also reveal the moments Thynne found himself through photography, whilst also shedding light on The Beatlesʼ quieter moments between the international adoration.
Shoot back to early spring,1964. TheBeatles had just returned from their first tour of the United States and were on the brink of their celebrated 1964 World Tour,which sparked a mania and fandom so colossal that the Spectator described it asʻhystericalʼ. Man-about-town and well-connected photographer Lord Christopher Thynnewas invited to the film set for only two days. The son of the 6th Marquess of Bath, Thynne had been sacked as controller of the
family seat in Longleat and was pursuing a more bohemian life style. Thynne was able to capture the charismatic band in candid moments between their worldwide tours that brought on the hysteria and Beatlemania the press described.
One of the most influential music films ever made, A Hard Dayʼs Night portrayed 36 hours of the bandʼs life as they prepared for a television performance. Thynneʼs effortless shots of the ʻfamous fourʼ capture an even closer insight into their lives, through the lens of a casual guest who was seeking inspiration.
Tabitha Philpott-Kent, Gallery Director, comments, Itʼs an amazing opportunity to see a rare collection of important, never-seen-before images.
These unearthed images will be onsale for £400-£650 for a limited period of time only. As we approach the festive season, these photographic prints will delight Beatles fans across the world and provide a brilliant investment for collectors of art, photography and music memorabilia.
Shapero Modern is a Mayfair-based contemporary and modern art gallery, specialising in limited edition prints and works on paper. A rare and interesting stock is for sale at the Mayfair gallery, with five curated exhibitions per year, focusing on topical themes from the collection.
Last updated on December 31, 2021