Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite


This print edition, originally commissioned by Peter Dean is a reproduction of the poster that inspired John Lennon and Paul McCartney to write Being for the benefit of Mr. Kite!, a song on The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album released in 1967. Lennon had bought the poster from an antiques shop and drew inspiration from it, setting the words to music – indeed most of the song’s lyrics were lifted straight from this old circus poster.

Featuring two wood engravings by Andy English with wood and metal type set from our library of fonts, every effort was made to match the 1843 original as accurately as possible. More information and a fantastic video telling the story of the project can be found here.

Set and printed by hand on Zerkall 902 Rough 225gsm.
Edition of 1,967. Size 273mm x 494mm.


Every print is inked by hand and so may vary in appearance from these images.