17: Sir Robert Peel A founder of the modern Conservative Party, Sir Robert Peel served as the UK’s Prime Minister on two separate occasions, 1834--46.
While he served as the UK’s Home Secretary, Peel also helped form the modern police force – and his name is still evoked today, with the terms “bobbies” and “peelers” referring to policemen in England and Ireland, respectively.
7: Carl Jung Another progressive thinker who introduced new strains of psychology to the world, Jung was a Swiss psychiatrist whose Analytic Psychology school of thought pioneered the concept of individuation and self-realisation in the early 1900s. The poems and short stories that he wrote across the 1820s and 1840s essentially invented the modern horror genre, and also helped lay the groundwork for sci-fi and detective stories as we know them today.
9: Fred Astaire In contrast to Mae West (No.3), Fred Astaire was reportedly thrilled to be asked to appear on the .
The concept was for the four Beatles themselves to appear in costume as Sgt.
Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, surrounded by a gathering of influential people as if they had just performed a concert.
10: Richard Merkin Born in 1938, American painter and illustrator Richard Merkin was enamoured with the early jazz period that flourished in the years before his birth.
Paul Mc Cartney (No.64) introduced Stockhausen’s work to the group, turning John Lennon (No.62) into a fan; Lennon and Yoko Ono even sent the composer a Christmas card in 1969.
From Paul Mc Cartney’s original concept to the final design, staged by British pop artist Peter Blake and his then wife, Jann Haworth, it’s not just an album cover, but a dazzling display of modern art that defines its era.
Not only a groundbreaking design for the time, the artwork also broke the bank, costing almost £3,000 to create – well over £50,000 in today’s money and more than any other pop album sleeve at that time.
It was with George Harrison (No.65), however, that Dylan struck up the longest-lasting friendship; the two played together often in the years that followed, forming The Traveling Wilburys and guesting on each other’s projects.
, and here the 19th-century illustrator, whose own style was influenced by Japanese woodcutting, takes a position not too far away from Oscar Wilde (No.41), Beardsley’s contemporary in the Aesthetic movement.
A total of 58 different people are depicted on the final artwork.