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

Sitter associated with 347 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; David Bailey

by Unknown photographer
vintage print, 1971
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Cecil Beaton

by James Berry
1977
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Diana Vreeland; Cecil Beaton

by James Berry
enlarged bromide contact print on card, 1977-1978
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Cecil Beaton; Bianca Jagger

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, 1978?
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Cecil Beaton

by Tom Blau
resin print, 7 March 1978
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Cecil Beaton

by Tom Blau
resin print, 7 March 1978
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Cecil Beaton

by Tom Blau
resin print, 7 March 1978
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Cecil Beaton

by Tom Blau
resin print, 7 March 1978
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Cecil Beaton

by Tom Blau
resin print, 7 March 1978
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Cecil Beaton

by Tom Blau
resin print, 7 March 1978
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Cecil Beaton

by Tom Blau
resin print, 7 March 1978
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Cecil Beaton

by Roger George Clark
resin print, 25 July 1978
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Cecil Beaton

by Roger George Clark
resin print, 25 July 1978
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Cecil Beaton

by Roger George Clark
resin print, 25 July 1978
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Cecil Beaton

by Roger George Clark
resin print, 25 July 1978
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Anita Loos; Cecil Beaton

by James Berry
bromide print, 1978
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James Berry; Cecil Beaton

by Diana MacKown
bromide print, 1978
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James Berry; Cecil Beaton; Louise Nevelson

by Diana MacKown
bromide print, 1978
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Cecil Beaton

by Roger George Clark
bromide print, 25 July 1978
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Cecil Beaton

by Roger George Clark
bromide print, 25 July 1978
NPG x15099