Abbey Road Studios announce a limited edition of 500 John Lennon ‘Imagine’ hand-made folios are now for sale exclusively at their London shop and via online here –

The project has been created by Abbey Road Studios, in collaboration with Yoko Ono Lennon, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of John Lennon’s iconic album ‘Imagine’, released on 9th September 1971. This unique folio will be the first time John Lennon prints have been available for sale at Abbey Road Studios.

Isabel Garvey, Managing Director of Abbey Road Studios says:

‘We are thrilled to release this special ‘Imagine’ folio in partnership with Yoko Ono, to celebrate not only an iconic single and album but John Lennon’s artistry, and the imperative role he played in the Abbey Road story.’

The two prints featured in the ‘Imagine’ folio are replicas of original John Lennon artworks. The first depicts Lennon’s familiar self-portraits, originally made in 1968 for a self-published brochure of John & Yoko’s films titled “On Film No. 5 and Two Virgins”. The original drawing for Film No. 5 (Smile), contained 16 faces that mimicked the progression of John’s smile in the slow-motion film, which sat alongside Yoko’s essays in the brochure. The second print in the folio is a combination of two separate John Lennon pieces – one a drawing of person sitting on top of the world in contemplation, and the other a verse taken from “Imagine”, handwritten by John Lennon. The project comprises 500 folios containing two A3 litho prints on felt-marked Tintoretto 200gsm paper, all individually hand-numbered.

Each hand-made folio is crafted from 135gsm Colorplan paper, covering a greyboard interior. The prints are both cradled with grey Colorplan holders and secured with black ribbon. The folio cover is surmounted with white foil blocking and accompanied by printed provenance, detailing these remarkable pieces. The John Lennon ‘Imagine’ folio will retail for £250 and be available exclusively at the Abbey Road store in London and online here.

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