Sir Paul McCartney has donated a set of photographs taken by his late wife Linda to the Glasgow Museums' permanent collection.

The limited edition photographs make up Linda's Pictures, a collection of 14 images that includes portraits of musicians and intimate family photographs from the 1970s.

Some of the images were taken early in Linda's career as a professional photographer and three of the collection were taken in Scotland.

The Linda McCartney Retrospective, curated by Paul, Mary and Stella

McCartney, opened at Kelvingrove Art Gallery in July and has since welcomed more than 30,000 visitors to the exhibition, which runs until January 2020, when it will move on to Liverpool.

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Themes of the exhibition include The Sixties, Family Life, Self Portraits, Animals and Nature, People and Places, Making the Magic, and Scotland.

Linda McCartney got her big break as a photographer while working as a receptionist at Town & Country magazine in the 1960s when she wangled a press pass for a Rolling Stones' yacht party and sweet-talked her way on board.

Soon she was known for her portraits of Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles, among many others.

In 1968 she was the first female photographer whose work was featured as the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, with a portrait of Eric Clapton. In 1974, when Linda and Paul appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone, she became the first person to have been photographed and taken a photo for the cover of the magazine.

The animal rights activist and staunch vegetarian was married to the former Beatle for 29 years before she died from breast cancer at 56 in 2008.

Paul and Linda were famously inseparable throughout their marriage, with reports of the pair only having spent ten nights apart during their relationship, thanks to Paul's short stint in a Tokyo jail for possession of marijuana.

Following her marriage to Paul in 1969, Linda’s photographs became more intimate and emotional, exploring the natural world, family life and social commentary. The couple had three children together who joined a daughter from Linda's first marriage

After the dissolution of The Beatles she collaborated with her husband musically playing the keyboard and singing backing vocals in his new band, Wings.

The donated images by the former US female photographer of the year will be available to view on request at Glasgow Museums Resource Centre.

Her work has also been exhibited by institutions including the International Center of Photography in New York, the Victoria & Albert Museum and the National Portrait Gallery in London.

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The gift of works are published in an edition of 150. This set includes images of Mick Jagger and Brian Jones from her first professional photo shoot, complemented by cherished snapshots of her family and love of animals, nature and ongoing interest in recording the world around her.

Councillor David McDonald, Chair of Glasgow Life and Deputy Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: "The Linda McCartney Retrospective at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum has been very warmly received. We were delighted to be the first venue in the UK to show this exhibition and our greatest thanks go to Sir Paul McCartney for his incredibly generous gift. This wonderful addition to our collection ensures visitors to Glasgow Museums can continue to engage with and enjoy Linda McCartney’s stunning work for generations."

Fiona Hayes, curator of social history with Glasgow Museums, said: "Linda McCartney was a talented photographer who had a real flair for capturing popular culture in the 1960s and the huge changes in attitude and lifestyle that followed. She was at the very heart of these changes and her creative style of photography perfectly reflected this time."