01st April, 2016

Memorabilia: The Cynthia Lennon drawings

It’s been a year since Cynthia Lennon, the first wife of Liverpool musician John Lennon and mother to their son Julian, passed away aged 75.

Cynthia grew up in Hoylake, on the Wirral in North West England with her parents and two elder brothers.

 

Picture: Cynthia and son Julian in 2009.

After winning a drawing competition in the Liverpool Echo newspaper at age 11, Cynthia’s confidence in her artistic talent grew and she joined the Junior Art School.

She later enrolled at the Liverpool College of Art; where, in calligraphy class she met John Lennon.

The couple married just before Beatlemania transformed her husband into one of the most famous men in the world.

When performing in Hamburg with The Beatles, Cynthia would rent John’s bedroom from his aunt Mimi. The couple were married on 23 August 1962 at the Mount Pleasant register office in Liverpool.

At the height of The Beatles' early success she was, at the insistence of the band's management, kept in the background so their legions of female fans were not aware of her existence.

She stayed at home bringing up Julian while the Fab Four toured the world and topped the charts.

Originally published as part of her 1978 autobiography ‘A Twist of Lennon’, these pen and ink humorous creations illustrate memories Cynthia shared with John Lennon and The Beatles.

 

Picture: A drawing by Cynthia captioned "My Gaad' did you ever see anyone as ugly as that 'Ringo'?".

‘A Twist of Lennon’ is her account of sharing in the frenzy and stardom of the Beatle experience.

Cynthia’s drawings have a permanent position in the solo rooms at The Beatles Story's Main Exhibition.

See the drawings and many other great items of memorabilia only at The Beatles Story, Liverpool. 

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