British, 1922–2011. Richard Hamilton was an influential English artist recognized for creating some of the earliest works of Pop Art. He was celebrated for his collages that explored the relationship between fine art, product design and popular culture, the most seminal of them being the Just What Is it that Makes Today’s Homes So Different, So Appealing?. The artwork, completed in 1956, was a composition that comprised images of a semi-nude couple in their living room, cut from magazine ads. He mentored young students at the Royal Academy. He designed the cover of the Beatles’ 1968 White Album after mutual friends introduced him to Paul McCartney.