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Cecil Beaton (1904-1980), Photographer, designer and writer

Sitter associated with 345 portraits
Artist associated with 1064 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.

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P352

Siegfried Loraine Sassoon

by Cecil Beaton
vintage bromide print, 1920s
NPG P352

P55

Sir William Turner Walton

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, 1926
NPG P55

P219

Cecil Beaton

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, 1927
NPG P219

P456

Madge Garland

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, 1927
NPG P456

P867

Dame Edith Sitwell

by Cecil Beaton
vintage bromide print, 1927
NPG P867

P868

Dame Edith Sitwell

by Cecil Beaton
vintage bromide print, 1928
NPG P868

P181

Sylvia Townsend Warner

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, 1930
NPG P181

P182

Sylvia Townsend Warner

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, 1930
NPG P182

P183

Sylvia Townsend Warner

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, 1930
NPG P183

6231

Michael Arlen

by Cecil Beaton
pencil, 1930s?
NPG 6231

P869(3)

W.H. Auden

by Cecil Beaton
vintage bromide print on white card mount, 1930
NPG P869(3)

P1353

Lady Cynthia Blanche Mosley (nee Curzon)

by Cecil Beaton
gelatin silver print, 1931
NPG P1353

P1041

Elisabeth Bergner

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print on card mount, 1934
NPG P1041

P262

Chateau Cande, France

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, 1936
NPG P262