Paul McCartney Donates Pictures Taken by Late Wife to Museum

The collection includes portraits of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix, as well as family snaps taken by Paul's wife Linda.

AceShowbiz - Paul Mccartney is donating 63 photographs taken by his late wife Linda to London's Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum. The collection includes her portraits of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix, family snaps, and Polaroids that have never been seen by the public before.

Linda was an award-winning American photographer who met Paul, 75, while on an assignment in London in 1967. She passed away at the age of 56 in 1998 after a battle with breast cancer.

In a press release Martin Barnes, Senior Curator of Photographs at the V&A, praised her talent and thanked Paul for his generosity. "Linda McCartney was a talented eye-witness of pop culture and explored many creative approaches to artistic photography," he said. "Her camera also captured tender moments with her family. This exciting gift of photographs complements the museum's collections of photography that ranges from documents of performance to fine art. Our greatest thanks go to Sir Paul McCartney and his family for this incredibly generous gift."

The photographs donated by the former Beatle will go on display at the V&A's new Photography Centre when it opens in October this year.

She was voted U.S. female photographer of the year in 1967, the same year she met Paul in London. The couple married in 1969 and had four children together - Stella, now a fashion designer, Heather, Mary and James McCartney.

Linda also embarked on a music career by joining her husband in the band Wings and launched her own vegetarian food brand after she and Paul became outspoken advocates for animal rights.

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