Stuart Sutcliffe Original Drawings

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2015-06-26 10:50:45

Stuart Sutcliffe Original Drawings are pieces of original artwork by the former Beatles band member and artist Stuart Sutcliffe.

Background information

Stuart Sutcliffe met John Lennon whilst studying at the Liverpool College of Art, and became the original bass player for the Beatles after Lennon and McCartney persuaded him to buy a guitar.

Often described as the ‘Fifth Beatle’, Sutcliffe performed with the band during their early gigs in Hamburg in 1960 where he met his girlfriend Astrid Kirchherr.

Kirchherr was a talented artist and photographer, and together the pair helped the band create their signature look through a series of photo-shoots. Kirchherr convinced Sutcliffe to return to his art studies, and when the band left Hamburg her returned in July 1961 to enrol at the Hamburg College of Art.

Sutcliffe’s work showed enormous talent, but his potential was never fulfilled as he died tragically at the age of just 22 from a brain aneurism. Today he is regarded as a highly influential figure in the band’s early career.

Item description

The set of drawing comprises four sketches, drawn on both sides of a page taken from one of Sutcliffe’s original sketchbooks. The main piece, which takes up one side of the page, shows several figures sitting and reclining in front of the outline of an urban landscape.

The sketches are unsigned, but are accompanied by a letter of provenance which states that the page was taken from a book formerly owned by the Sutcliffe Estate, and sold at a Bonhams auction in 2003.

Ownership

This rare set of Stuart Sutcliffe drawings are offered for sale by the company Paul Fraser Collectibles, who specialise in rare memorabilia and high-grade collectibles.

It is currently priced at £1,250.

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