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Hugh Cecil (Hugh Cecil Saunders)

(1892-1974)

Artist associated with 42 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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Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII), by Hugh Cecil (Hugh Cecil Saunders) - NPG P503

Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII)

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

Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII), by Hugh Cecil (Hugh Cecil Saunders) - NPG P136

Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII)

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

Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII), by Hugh Cecil (Hugh Cecil Saunders) - NPG x28388

Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII)

by Hugh Cecil (Hugh Cecil Saunders)
bromide print
NPG x28388

King George VI, by Hugh Cecil (Hugh Cecil Saunders) - NPG x71198

King George VI

by Hugh Cecil (Hugh Cecil Saunders)
half-plate negative
NPG x71198

Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell, by Hugh Cecil (Hugh Cecil Saunders) - NPG x46605

Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell

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

Nancy Astor, Viscountess Astor, by Hugh Cecil (Hugh Cecil Saunders) - NPG x8037

Nancy Astor, Viscountess Astor

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

Albert Henry Stanley, Baron Ashfield, by Hugh Cecil (Hugh Cecil Saunders) - NPG x133276

Albert Henry Stanley, Baron Ashfield

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

Lady Alexandra Henrietta Louisa Haig (later Alexandra Trevor-Roper, Lady Dacre), by Hugh Cecil (Hugh Cecil Saunders) - NPG x182270

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

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

Sir Frederick Palmer, by Hugh Cecil (Hugh Cecil Saunders) - NPG x136020

Sir Frederick Palmer

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

Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII), by Hugh Cecil (Hugh Cecil Saunders) - NPG x27879

Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII)

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

Harriet Cohen, by Hugh Cecil (Hugh Cecil Saunders) - NPG x39232

Harriet Cohen

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

Harriet Cohen, by Hugh Cecil (Hugh Cecil Saunders) - NPG x39233

Harriet Cohen

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

Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII), by Hugh Cecil (Hugh Cecil Saunders) - NPG x193298

Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII)

by Hugh Cecil (Hugh Cecil Saunders)
bromide postcard print, 1925
NPG x193298

Hazel (née Martyn), Lady Lavery as Lady Hamilton, by Hugh Cecil (Hugh Cecil Saunders) - NPG x193464

Hazel (née Martyn), Lady Lavery as Lady Hamilton

by Hugh Cecil (Hugh Cecil Saunders)
halftone reproduction tear sheet, published 13 June 1928
NPG x193464

Sir John Robert Chancellor, by Hugh Cecil (Hugh Cecil Saunders) - NPG x5757

Sir John Robert Chancellor

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

Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII), by Hugh Cecil (Hugh Cecil Saunders) - NPG x27880

Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII)

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

Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII), by Hugh Cecil (Hugh Cecil Saunders) - NPG x27881

Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII)

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

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