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Stuart

The Life & Art of Stuart Sutcliffe

Pauline Sutcliffe, Kay Williams

'I looked up to Stu, I depended on him to tell me the truth… Stu would tell me if something was good and I'd believe him.' – John Lennon

A book of many years dedicated research Stuart is created by some of those that were closest to Stuart Sutcliffe: his sister Pauline Sutcliffe, his fiancée Astrid Kirchherr, and his friends Cynthia Lennon, Jürgen Vollmer and Paul McCartney.

As such, Stuart is a deeply personal tribute to this talented artist who was a close friend of John Lennon and an original member of The Beatles. This lovingly designed signed edition begins with an account of Stuart's childhood and traces the development of his artistic talent, from his time at Prescot Grammar School through to his days as a student at The Liverpool College of Art.

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The Artwork

Stuart

A close friend and fellow art school student with John Lennon, Stuart Sutcliffe was invited to join The Beatles as bass player for a series of gigs in Hamburg in 1960. Stuart's passion for his art led him to leave the band and concentrate on his painting, staying on in Hamburg with fiancée, Astrid Kirchherr.

The limited edition box set contains an illustrated biography of Stuart, as well as a facsimile reproduction of one of his sketchbooks, filled with paintings and drawings from Liverpool and Hamburg, which highlight Stuart's artistic development and state of mind at the time. Many art critics have maintained that, had Stuart had lived beyond his 21 years, he would likely have become one of the foremost British painters of our time.

Together, the two volumes combine to provide the first comprehensive catalogue of Stuart Sutcliffe's art and an unrivalled view into the formative years of The Beatles.

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The Manuscript

Stuart

Stuart's close friendship with John Lennon and his deep love for Astrid Kirchherr are each explored more intimately than ever before.

Through extensive interviews with Paul McCartney, Astrid Kirchherr, Jürgen Vollmer, Cynthia Lennon and Stuart's family, friends and teachers, Stuart offers a fascinating and revealing insight into Stuart's life and The Beatles' early days in Liverpool and Hamburg. 
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The Deluxe Edition

Stuart

Stuart is signed by the book's late authors, Pauline Sutcliffe and Kay Williams, and by photographer Astrid Kirchherr who provides an introduction to the work.

The limited edition box set contains two superbly printed books. The first, a definitive illustrated biography of Stuart; the second, a facsimile reproduction of one of his artist sketchbooks, bound in paper-covered boards to closely match Stuart's original.

The two volumes combine to provide both the first comprehensive catalogue of Stuart Sutcliffe's art, and an unrivalled view into the formative years of the band later to conquer the world as The Beatles.

The edition is presented in a laminated slipcase featuring two of Astrid Kirchherr's classic images of Stuart and The Beatles.

Stuart

The Life & Art of Stuart Sutcliffe

Stuart

Stuart

  • ISBN:
    0904351521
  • Deluxe:
    2000 copies
  • Signed by:
    Astrid Kirchherr, Pauline Sutcliffe, Kay Williams
  • Contributors:
    Astrid Kirchherr, Cynthia Lennon, Jurgen Vollmer, Paul McCartney
  • Binding:
    1/4 leather and linen, silk-screened in two colours.
  • Box:
    Matt-laminated slipcase featuring two of Astrid Kirchherr's classic images of Stuart and The Beatles.
  • Extras:
    Additional facsimile sketchbook bound in paper-covered boards to closely match Stuart's original (112mm x 185mm, 152 pages).
'Includes color plates, private photos and personal letters, and a facsimile reproduction of an entire sketchbook from Hamburg.' – The Washington Post
Deluxe £325

A personal tribute, from some of those that were closest – Astrid Kirchherr, Cynthia Lennon, Paul McCartney & Jurgen Vollmer

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