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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

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

by Harlip
bromide glossy print, 1930s
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Cecil Beaton

by Cecil Beaton
bromide snapshot print, 1930s
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Cecil Beaton

by Unknown photographer
bromide snapshot print, 1930s
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Cecil Beaton

by Unknown photographer
velox snapshot print, 1930s
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Cecil Beaton and two others

by Unknown photographer
bromide snapshot print, 1930s
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Cecil Beaton

by Millar & Harris
glossy bromide print, 1930
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Cecil Beaton; Rex Whistler

by Unknown photographer
bromide snapshot print, 1930s
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Cecil Beaton; Olga Lynn; Lilia Ralli

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, 1930s
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Cecil Beaton

by Harlip
bromide glossy print, 1930s
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Cecil Beaton

possibly by Cecil Beaton, possibly by Baron George Hoyningen-Huene
bromide print, 1931
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Cecil Beaton

possibly by Cecil Beaton, possibly by Baron George Hoyningen-Huene
bromide print, 1931
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Cecil Beaton

by Ernest A. Bachrach
cream-toned bromide print on card mount, 1932
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Cecil Beaton

by Ernest A. Bachrach
cream-toned bromide print on card mount, 1932
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Cecil Beaton

by Ernest A. Bachrach
cream-toned bromide print on card and ruled mount, 1932
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Cecil Beaton

by Cecil Beaton, distributed by Special Press
bromide press print, May 1932
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Cecil Beaton

possibly by Bert Longworth
vintage yellowed bromide print, 1932
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Cecil Beaton

possibly by Bert Longworth
cream-toned copy bromide print, 1932
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