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Cecil Beaton

(1904-1980), Photographer, designer and writer

Sitter associated with 354 portraits
Artist associated with 1086 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; Leslie Caron

by Lou Jacobs Jr
glossy bromide print, 1957
NPG x40511

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Cecil Beaton

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, 1960s
NPG x40503

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Cecil Beaton

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, 1960s
NPG x40506

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Cecil Beaton

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, 1960s
NPG x40507

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Cecil Beaton

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, 1960s
NPG x40508

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Cecil Beaton

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, 1960s
NPG x40509

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Cecil Beaton

by Robert Berry
bromide print, 1960s
NPG x40475

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Princess Margaret; Cecil Beaton

by Daily Mail
bromide print, 1965
NPG x40477

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Cecil Beaton

by BBC
bromide press print, 8 October 1971
NPG x184194

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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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