Self portrait in charcoal, Hamburg
Stuart took a sabbatical from art college to go to Hamburg with The Beatles. Although he bought paper and charcoal he could not get any enthusiasm for drawing.
Astrid tried to encourage him by giving him gifts of paper, inks and crayon. By May 1961 Stuart was painting again, he had lost his enthusiasm for The Beatles and rediscovered his art.
"I am mounting my best work for examination by my tutor. All of it is far superior to what I would have done a year ago."
Stuart Sutcliffe, October 1961.