John Lennon

John Lennon studied art at the Liverpool Art Institute from 1957 - 60. In interviews John described art as his first love.

In 1970, exhibitions were arranged of the “Bag One Suite,” 14 lithographs depicting scenes from John and Yoko’s wedding and honeymoon. These lithographs are numbered and signed in pencil by John Lennon.

The London Arts Gallery on New Bond Street (now a Burberry store), opened the show on 15 January 1970 – though the exhibition was doomed not to run its course. The very next day, Scotland Yard’s Obscene Publications Squad, entered the gallery, charged the owner Eugene Schuster under the 1830 law forbidding “profane, indecent or obscene” drawings or images and seized eight of the prints. Later, the Magistrate Harmsworth dismissed the case, finding that Lennon’s drawings were “unlikely to deprave or corrupt.”

The hand-signed lithographs have become very collectible and hard to obtain. We are pleased to share very very rare lithographs from the Bag One Suite.

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