John Lennon - MUSIC London Friday, November 20, 2009 | Phillips

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  • Catalogue Essay

    This caricature was apparently executed for a journalist during the Montreal Bed-In for Peace. John Lennon and Yoko Ono often drew these self-portrait caricatures, the most famous of which adorns John Lennon’s Gibson acoustic guitar used at the famous Bed-In For Peace in Amsterdam and Montreal in 1969. An accomplished artist, Lennon attended Art School in Liverpool following failed GCE exams at high school. He published two volumes of illustrated nonsense verse in 1964 and 1965, In His Own Write and A Spaniard In The Works, and a portfolio of erotic lithographs depicting himself and Yoko Ono in 1970. Since Lennon’s death, Yoko Ono has published three volumes of his drawings: Skywriting by Word of Mouth (1986); Ai: Japan Through John Lennon’s Eyes: A Personal Sketchbook (1992); and Real Love: The Drawings for Sean (1999).


Self-portrait caricature

c. 1969
Ink on paper, the reverse with typescript questions, probably prepared for an interview with Lennon.
28 x 21.5 cm. (11 x 8 1/2 in).
Signed and inscribed by Lennon ‘To Guy de St. George, love + Peace from John Lennon’. With a letter of authenticity.

£10,000 - 15,000 


21 Nov 2009