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

Sitter associated with 350 portraits
Artist associated with 1087 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 Francis Goodman
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 28 November 1945
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Cecil Beaton

by Francis Goodman
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 28 November 1945
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Cecil Beaton

by Bill Brandt
bromide print on card mount, 1945
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Cecil Beaton

by Graphic Photo Union
bromide press print, circa 1946
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Cecil Beaton; Dorian Leigh

by Irving Penn
bromide silver print, 1947
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Cecil Beaton

by F.R. Winstone
bromide print, 11 June 1950
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Cecil Beaton

by Irving Penn
glossy unglazed bromide silver print, 1951
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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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