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

Sitter associated with 349 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.

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Cecil Beaton

by Peter North
cream-toned bromide print on page mount, 1920s
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Cecil Beaton

by Peter North
cream-toned bromide print on page mount, 1920s
NPG x30329

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Cecil Beaton

by Peter North
cream-toned bromide print on page mount, 1920s
NPG x30330

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Cecil Beaton

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print mounted on cream and black card, early 1920s
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Cecil Beaton

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print on card mount, 1920s
NPG x126367

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Cecil Beaton

probably by Cecil Beaton
sepia-toned bromide print, 1922
NPG x40668

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Cecil Beaton

probably by Cecil Beaton
sepia-toned bromide print, 1922
NPG x40669

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Cecil Beaton

probably by Cecil Beaton
sepia-toned bromide print, 1922
NPG x40670

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Cecil Beaton

probably by Cecil Beaton
sepia-toned bromide print, 1922
NPG x40671

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Cecil Beaton

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, 1922
NPG x40411

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Cecil Beaton

by Cecil Beaton
vintage bromide print on three tinted card mounts, circa 1924
NPG x30309

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Cecil Beaton

by Marian Lewis
matte bromide print on tissue and card mount, circa 1924
NPG x30311

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Cecil Beaton

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 16 January 1925
NPG x127868

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Cecil Beaton

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 16 January 1925
NPG x127869

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Cecil Beaton

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 16 January 1925
NPG x127870

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Cecil Beaton in 'All the Vogue'

by Dorothy Wilding
half-plate glass negative, 1925
NPG x36720

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Cecil Beaton in 'All the Vogue'

by Dorothy Wilding
half-plate glass negative, 1925
NPG x36714

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Cecil Beaton in 'All the Vogue'

by Dorothy Wilding
half-plate glass negative, 1925
NPG x36715

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Cecil Beaton in 'All the Vogue'

by Dorothy Wilding
half-plate glass negative, 1925
NPG x36718

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Cecil Beaton

by Dorothy Wilding
half-plate glass negative, 1925
NPG x36724