They Raised The Beatles

Malka (known by her family as Queenie, since Malka translating as “queen” in Hebrew) and her two little boys, Clive (left) and Brian Epstein, the famous manager of The Beatles


Mary Elizabeth “Mimi” Stanley. She and her husband George Smith raised John Lennon


Mary Patricia Mohin and her children Michael and Paul McCartney, the youngest


Elsie Gleave and a young Richard Starkey, best know as Ringo Starr


Louise French being tender with her son George Harrison


Brian Epstein with the boys. All together.

Portrait of a Mother

Anna Mathilda McNeill in Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1 (Whistler’s Mother) James Abbott Whistler, 1871


Shushan Adoyan by Arshile Gorky, 1936


Cornelia Nobel in Woman I by Willem De Kooning, 1952


Ginevra de’ Pozzi by Guido Reni, 1612


Marguerite Merlet by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1860


Eugénie-Desirée Fournier by Édouard Manet, 1880


Ernestine Faivre by Georges Pierre Seurat, 1883


Marie-Francoise Oberson by  Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, 1838


Lucy Read by Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1797


Laura Catherine Bjølstad by Edvard Munch, 1899


Countess Adèle Tapié de Celeyran by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1883


Katherine Kelso Johnston by Mary Cassat, 1878


Sophie Maurice by Franz Marc, 1902


Marie Soukupová by Egon Schiele, 1911


Anna Cornelia Carbentus by Vincent van Gogh, 1888


Alina Maria Chazal by Paul Gauguin, 1890


Anne Elisabeth Honorine Aubert by Paul Cézanne, 1866-67


Barbara Holper by Albrecht Dürer, 1490-93


Neeltgen Willemsdochter van Zuytbrouck by Rembrandt, 1630


Gemma Cervetto by Giorgio De Chirico, 1911


Elizabeth Griffiths Smith by Edward Hopper, 1916-20


Anne Mary Hill was the inspiration and model for Mother Tucking Children Into Bed by Norman Rockwell, 1921


María Picasso y López by Pablo Picasso, 1896


Laura in Mum by David Hockney, 1985


Lucie Brasch by Lucian Freud, 1983


María del Pilar Barrientos by Diego Rivera, circa 1904


Flora Angulo by Fernando Botero, 1990


Felipa Domenech Ferrés by Salvador Dalí, 1920


Julia by Andy Warhol, 1974

Mrs. Warhol


Julia Warhola November 17, 1892—November 22, 1972 was the mother of the American artist Andy Warhol. She was born Júlia Justína Zavacká to a peasant family in the Rusyn village of Miková, Austria-Hungary (now in northeast Slovakia) and married Ondrej Varchola (americanized as Andrej Warhola) there in 1909. He emigrated to the United States soon after, and in 1921 she followed him to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The couple had three children: Paul (Pavol), John (Ján), and Andy. The family lived at several Pittsbugh addresses, but beginning in 1932 at 3252 Dawson Street in the Oakland neighborhood of the city. The family was Byzantine Catholic and attended St. John Chrysostom Byzantine Catholic Church. Her husband died in 1942.

Julia enjoyed singing traditional Rusyn folk songs and was artistic. She loved to draw. Her favorite subjects were angels and cats. She also did embroidery and other crafts, such as bouquets of hand-made flowers made from tin cans and crepe paper. During the Easter season she decorated eggs in the Pysanka tradition.

As a widow, she moved to New York City in 1951 to take care of Andy. He often used her decorative handwriting to accompany his illustrations. She won awards for her lettering, including one from the American Institute of Graphic Arts for an album cover for The Story Moondog, featuring the musician Louis Thomas Hardin in 1958. In 1957 she illustrated a small book called Holy Cats and she also worked on 25 Cats Name Sam and One Blue Pussy.

In 1966, Andy made a movie called Mrs. Warhol (black-and-white, 66 minutes). It features Julia in her basement apartment in Andy’s house playing “an aging peroxide movie star with a lot of husbands,” including the most current spouse, played by Richard Rheem. Andy follows her about with his camera as she goes about her daily domestic routines.

In 1971, she returned to Pittsburgh and died a year later. She is buried, alongside her husband and near her son Andy, in St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Cemetery in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, a south suburb of Pittsburgh


Photo by Duane Michals, 1958