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Cecil Beaton

(1904-1980), Photographer, designer and writer

Sitter associated with 352 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 Joe Gaffney
bromide print on card mount, 1970s
NPG x7937

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Cecil Beaton

by BBC
bromide press print, 8 October 1971
NPG x184194

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Cecil Beaton; David Bailey

by Unknown photographer
bromide press print, 1971
NPG x182363

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Cecil Beaton

by James Berry
vintage print, 1977
NPG x40552

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Diana Vreeland; Cecil Beaton

by James Berry
enlarged bromide contact print on card, 1977-1978
NPG x136051

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Cecil Beaton; Bianca Jagger

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, 1978?
NPG x40238

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Cecil Beaton

by Tom Blau
resin print, 7 March 1978
NPG x40443

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Cecil Beaton

by Tom Blau
resin print, 7 March 1978
NPG x40444

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Cecil Beaton

by Tom Blau
resin print, 7 March 1978
NPG x40445

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Cecil Beaton

by Tom Blau
resin print, 7 March 1978
NPG x40446

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Cecil Beaton

by Tom Blau
resin print, 7 March 1978
NPG x40447

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Cecil Beaton

by Tom Blau
resin print, 7 March 1978
NPG x40448

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Cecil Beaton

by Tom Blau
resin print, 7 March 1978
NPG x40449

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Cecil Beaton

by Roger George Clark
resin print, 25 July 1978
NPG x40451

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Cecil Beaton

by Roger George Clark
resin print, 25 July 1978
NPG x40452

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Cecil Beaton

by Roger George Clark
resin print, 25 July 1978
NPG x40453

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Cecil Beaton

by Roger George Clark
resin print, 25 July 1978
NPG x40454

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Anita Loos; Cecil Beaton

by James Berry
bromide print, 1978
NPG x40499

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James Berry; Cecil Beaton

by Diana MacKown
bromide print, 1978
NPG x40535

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