Cecil Beaton (1904-1980), Photographer, designer and writer
Sitter associated with 347 portraits
Artist associated with 1078 portraits
Cecil Beaton was one of the leading British photographers of the twentieth century. Beaton's early studio portraits of debutantes and celebrities often involved elaborate theatrical backdrops, and helped define the image of the 'Bright young thing'. Beaton was also an acclaimed designer for film and the stage, including My Fair Lady (1956), the musical based on George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion. He won three Oscars for costume and art direction for the film version of My Fair Lady (1965) and for Gigi (1958). A major retrospective of Beaton's portraits in 1968 was the first exhibition the National Portrait Gallery had devoted to a photographer.
by Unknown photographer
vintage bromide print, circa 1908
- Lunchtime Lecture: 'Something of me’ – Portraits of Cecil Beaton
20 November, 13:15