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Hugh Cecil (Hugh Cecil Saunders) (1892-1974)

Artist associated with 40 portraits
Educated at Tonbridge School and Queen's College Cambridge where he became interested in photography. Served as an apprentice with the Sevenoaks photographer H. Essenhigh Corke. Moved to London in 1912 and set up as a portrait photographer under the professional name of Hugh Cecil. His photographs appeared regularly in the Sketch and Tatler. His early style was characterised by an elegant simplicity. The Prince of Wales (later Edward VIII) sat for him in 1925, the first of many royal sittings. Published his Book of Beauty in 1926. With his well-established success Cecil turned to 'inventions'. His pupils Paul Tanqueray and Angus McBean actually took many of his photographs.

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P503

Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII)

by Hugh Cecil (Hugh Cecil Saunders)
vintage cream-toned bromide print, 1925
NPG P503

P136

Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII)

by Hugh Cecil (Hugh Cecil Saunders)
sepia bromide print, 1936
NPG P136

x46605

Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell

by Hugh Cecil (Hugh Cecil Saunders)
vintage bromide print, 1910s
NPG x46605

x8037

Nancy Astor, Viscountess Astor

by Hugh Cecil (Hugh Cecil Saunders)
bromide print, 1920s
NPG x8037

x133276

Albert Henry Stanley, Baron Ashfield

by Hugh Cecil (Hugh Cecil Saunders)
vintage bromide print, 1920s
NPG x133276

x182270

Lady Alexandra Henrietta Louisa Haig (later Alexandra Trevor-Roper, Lady Dacre)

by Hugh Cecil (Hugh Cecil Saunders)
vintage bromide print on card mount, 1920s
NPG x182270

x136020

Sir Frederick Palmer

by Hugh Cecil (Hugh Cecil Saunders)
bromide print, 1923-1934
NPG x136020

x27879

Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII)

by Hugh Cecil (Hugh Cecil Saunders)
whole-plate glass negative, circa 1925
NPG x27879

x39232

Harriet Cohen

by Hugh Cecil (Hugh Cecil Saunders)
cream-toned matte print, circa 1925
NPG x39232

x39233

Harriet Cohen

by Hugh Cecil (Hugh Cecil Saunders)
cream-toned matte print, circa 1925
NPG x39233

x5757

Sir John Robert Chancellor

by Hugh Cecil (Hugh Cecil Saunders)
cream-toned matte bromide print on cream mount, 1930s
NPG x5757

x27880

Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII)

by Hugh Cecil (Hugh Cecil Saunders)
glass negative, circa 1935
NPG x27880

x27881

Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII)

by Hugh Cecil (Hugh Cecil Saunders)
glass negative, circa 1935
NPG x27881

x27882

Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII)

by Hugh Cecil (Hugh Cecil Saunders)
glass negative, circa 1935
NPG x27882

x27883

Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII)

by Hugh Cecil (Hugh Cecil Saunders)
glass negative, circa 1935
NPG x27883

x27884

Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII)

by Hugh Cecil (Hugh Cecil Saunders)
glass negative, circa 1935
NPG x27884

x79620

Minoru Foley (née Greenstone), Lady Foley

by Bassano Ltd, after Hugh Cecil (Hugh Cecil Saunders)
half-plate glass negative, 22 July 1947 (circa 1935)
NPG x79620

Place

London