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Sir Peter Blake Recreates Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Cover

02/04/2012 06:49 BST | Updated 01/06/2012 10:12 BST

Sir Peter Blake has taken inspiration from his famous Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover to create a new artwork.

The English pop artist, 79, is best known for designing the 1967 Beatles cover, a colourful collage of life-sized cardboard models of famous faces together with the Fab Four.

Each of the band members picked their favourites for the crowd scene, which featured Marilyn Monroe, Bob Dylan, Marlon Brando, Karl Marx, Marlene Dietrich, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy among others.

The new artwork features the names who have inspired Sir Peter, who has been dubbed the Godfather of Pop Art, over the decades.

British artists, film directors, musicians, writers, film stars, fashion designers and chefs, as well as himself and his family, are all represented.

Sir Peter Blake has remade his famous Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover

Those whose faces are on the new image include murder mystery writer Agatha Christie, fashion designers Stella McCartney, Vivienne Westwood and the late Alexander McQueen, filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock, singer Amy Winehouse, artists Anish Kapoor, Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin and David Hockney, supermodel Kate Moss, TV cooks Fanny Cradock and Delia Smith, Harry Potter author JK Rowling - and Sir Paul McCartney once again.

Sir Peter said: "I've chosen people I admire, great people and some who are dear friends.

"I had a very long list of people who I wanted to go in but fit everyone in - I think that shows how strong British culture is and its legacy over the last six decades."

The artist said: "The Sgt Pepper album cover was made by cutting pieces of cardboard and hand-colouring them. This one is computer generated. I often thought that if I did it again it would be very quick on the computer but it was very laborious.

"Putting this together made me realise we've got the most exciting artists, actors and chefs ... in this country. Our cultural scene is incredibly healthy."

Sir Peter has made the artwork to go on display during his 80th birthday celebrations at this year's Vintage Festival, celebrating the best of British culture.

Author Rowling said of her inclusion in the work: "Given that I've devoted quite a lot of time to gazing at the original Sgt Pepper album cover, you can perhaps imagine what it means to me to be selected. What an honour."

Noel Gallagher said: "When they told me I had been chosen I was obviously very chuffed. It's nice to be recognised by as great an artist as Sir Peter Blake."

Wayne Hemingway, who runs the Vintage Festival, said the work was "a tribute to Britain's standing as the world's leading creative nation".

"Sir Peter is the Godfather of British Pop Art and is still as passionate as ever about art and culture.

"It is truly an incredible honour to have him re-imagine such an iconic work of art and we are proud to be dedicating the Sunday at Vintage this year to celebrate his 80th birthday and creative and cultural legacy."

The Wayne Hemingway Vintage Festival, where an exhibition of Sir Peter's work will be on show, takes place in Northamptonshire from 13 and 15 July 13.

1. Amy Winehouse

2. Sir Paul Smith

3. Ian Curtis

4. Nick Park

5. Robin Day

6. Lucienne Day

7. Francis Bacon

8. Roald Dahl

9. Alfred Hitchcock

10. Lucian Freud

11. Kate Moss

12. Paul Weller

13. Sir Tom Stoppard

14. Danny Boyle

15. Sir Mick Jagger

16. Fanny Cradock

17. Mr Chow

18. David Chipperfield

19. Harold Pinter

20.David Bailey

21. Mary Quant

22. Anish Kapoor

23. JK Rowling

24. JRR Tolkien

25. Robyn Hitchcock

26. Sir Terence Conran

27. John Peel

28. Martin Parr

29.Sir Tim Berners Lee

30. John Hurt

31. Rick Stein

32. Sir Jonathan Ive

33. Sir David Lean

34. Sir David Attenborough

35. Bridget Riley

36. Sir Terence Rattigan

37. Richard Curtis

38. Tommy Steele

39. Mark Hix

40.Vidal Sassoon

41. Sir Ridley Scott

42. Justin De Villeneuve

43. Lord Norman Foster

44. Peter Saville

45. Tracey Emin

46. Sir Paul McCartney

47. Gavin Turk

48. Barbara Hulanicki

49. Agatha Christie

50. Delia Smith

51. David Bowie

52. Twiggy

53. Audrey Hepburn

54. Gary Oldman

55. Damien Hirst

56. Stella McCartney

57. Mary McCartney

58. Alexander McQueen

59. Dame Vivienne Westwood

60. Dame Helen Mirren

61. Grayson Perry

62. Wreckless Eric

63. David Hockney

64. Eric Clapton

65. Ian Dury

66. Sir Elton John

67. Chris Corbin

68. Jeremy King

69. Dame Shirley Bassey

70. Noel Gallagher

71. Richard Rogers

72. Elvis Costello

73. Liberty Blake

74. Chrissy Blake

75. Sir Peter Blake

76. Rose Blake

77. Daisy Blake

78. Monty Python foot

79. Victoria Vintage