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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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Cecil Beaton

by Paul Tanqueray
quarter-plate film negative, 1952
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Cecil Beaton

by Paul Tanqueray
quarter-plate film negative, 1952
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Cecil Beaton

by Paul Tanqueray
quarter-plate film negative, 1952
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Cecil Beaton

by Paul Tanqueray
quarter-plate film negative, 1952
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Cecil Beaton

by Paul Tanqueray
quarter-plate film negative, 1952
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Cecil Beaton

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, 1957
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Cecil Beaton; Leslie Caron

by Lou Jacobs Jr
glossy bromide print, 1957
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Cecil Beaton

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, 1960s
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Cecil Beaton

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, 1960s
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Cecil Beaton

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, 1960s
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Cecil Beaton

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, 1960s
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Cecil Beaton

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, 1960s
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Cecil Beaton

by Robert Berry
bromide print, 1960s
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Princess Margaret; Cecil Beaton

by Daily Mail
bromide print, 1965
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Cecil Beaton

by Jack Mitchell
bromide print, 1966
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Cecil Beaton

by Joe Gaffney
bromide print on card mount, 1970s
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Cecil Beaton

by BBC
vintage print, 8 October 1971
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Cecil Beaton

by Desmond O'Neill
vintage print, 2 June 1971
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