This year marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, one of the most influential pop albums ever made. The cover – a collage by artist Peter Blake – features the Fab Four lining up alongside more than sixty of the last century’s most iconic figures. Marilyn is there, as photographed by Ben Ross in 1953. BBC Music have compiled a mini-documentary for each one: Marilyn’s includes newsreel footage from her arrival in England to shoot The Prince and the Showgirl in 1956. You can watch the clip here.
The work of Peter Blake, ‘Godfather of Pop Art’, is on display at the GX Gallery in Camberwell, South London, until August 11, its first stop in a nationwide tour.
Londoners may want to hurry, though, as according to Dulwich OnView, the Marilyn prints are selling fast!
A selection of Blake’s Monroe-inspired works can be viewed here
Marilyn also featured on Blake’s legendary album cover for the Beatles’ Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in 1967.
Peter Blake is interviewed today in the Sunday Telegraph