Limited Edition Mr. Kite Letterpress Print
Rolling Stone magazine has described it as “simply stunning”, the V&A Museum have it in their permanent collection and Paul McCartney already owns one.
We are big fans of the analogue production values of the traditional letter press printing process. We are delighted to offer a handmade letterpress print by artist Peter Dean of the poster that inspired ‘Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!’, the song that closes side one of The Beatles’ 1967 album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
In late January 1967, during a break in filming the promotional video for ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ in Sevenoaks, Kent, John Lennon popped into a local antiques shop. Inside, he bought a Victorian poster for Pablo Fanque’s Circus Royal, which he hung in his music room. While later working on the Sgt. Pepper album, he and Paul McCartney were inspired by the poster and wrote the song ‘Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!’. John Lennon said that the lyrics were staring him right in the face — and he hardly needed to make up a word.
Artist and Beatles fan Peter Dean searched high and low for a copy of Lennon’s poster to put on his wall. He struggled to find anything more than a poor reproduction of the poster and so he did what any self respecting artist would do — he decided to recreate it from scratch. He has done a magnificent job.