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

Sitter associated with 349 portraits
Artist associated with 1079 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 Cecil Beaton
bromide print, 1925
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Cecil Beaton; Stephen Tennant

by Maurice Beck and Helen Macgregor
cream-toned vintage bromide print, 1927
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Cecil Beaton and his friends

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, October 1927
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Cecil Beaton

by Cecil Beaton
velox snapshot print, late 1920s
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Cecil Beaton

by Curtis Moffat, and Olivia Wyndham
bromide print, circa 1928
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Cecil Beaton

by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
whole-plate film negative, 14 June 1928
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Cecil Beaton

by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
whole-plate film negative, 14 June 1928
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Cecil Beaton

by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
whole-plate film negative, 14 June 1928
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Cecil Beaton

by Curtis Moffat
bromide print, circa 1928
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Cecil Beaton

by Curtis Moffat, and Olivia Wyndham
bromide print on card mount with green tint, circa 1928
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Cecil Beaton

by Curtis Moffat, and Olivia Wyndham
bromide print on grey mount with red tint, circa 1928
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Cecil Beaton

by Ben Pinchot
vintage print, 1930-1939
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Cecil Beaton

by Cecil Beaton
vintage print, 1930s
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Cecil Beaton

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, 1930s
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Cecil Beaton

by Bert Longworth
vintage contact print from 10 x 8 inch negative, 1930s
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Cecil Beaton

by Baron George Hoyningen-Huene
vintage bromide print, 1930
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Cecil Beaton

by George Hurrell
bromide print, 1930s
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Cecil Beaton

by Cecil Beaton
bromide fibre print, 1930s
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Baba Beaton; Cecil Beaton

by Associated Press
bromide press print, circa 1930
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