Perhaps Jann Haworth was inspired to create her collage of MAE WEST, W.C. Fields, and Shirley Temple after working on the male-dominated album cover for The Beatles.
• • Clearly, we must thank Jann Haworth [born in 1942 in Hollywood] and Peter Blake [born in 1932 in the UK] for any female figures that appeared on the iconic "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" in 1967.
• • Jann Haworth, Peter Blake's American wife and an artist in her own right confirmed: "To be perfectly honest, Peter and I chose about 60 percent of what's there because they didn't come up with enough. So we're to blame for some of the inequalities that were there. But having said that, the Beatles chose no women. The only women chosen were by Peter and I."
• • During 1967, Jann's father, the Oscar-winning art director and production designer Ted Haworth [1917—1993], was in London, working on the film "Half a Sixpence." When she visited him on the movie set, he advised her not to make a background piece for the album. He thought the idea was too Hollywood and too expensive for the budget. Consequently, Jann Haworth selected a simple blue paper for the sky and used black-and-white cut-out photographs for the heads and bodies.
• • The three-dimensional artist created an intriguing mixed media piece the same year fashioned out of fabric, wood, and plastic.
• • White-gloved Mae West makes an unlikely (and disinterested looking) mother to the moppet that dances on her lap: a white-socked Shirley Temple. Similarly white-gloved, W.C Fields looks stiff and sullen in his commanding paterfamilias pose. The piece is 50 inches high, 31 inches wide, and over 4 inches deep. The Mayor Gallery said that this work is still available for sale.
• • The Mayor Gallery: 22A Cork Street; London, W1S 3NA [UK].
• • Jann Haworth currently resides in the USA [in Sundance, Utah].
• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
• • Photo: • • Mae West • • 1967 • •