2 of 43 portraits of W.H. Auden
by Cecil Beaton
vintage bromide print on white card mount, 1930
9 1/2 in. x 7 5/8 in. (240 mm x 195 mm)
Given by Cecil Beaton, 1968
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Artistback to top
- Cecil Beaton (1904-1980), Photographer, designer and writer. Artist associated with 1078 portraits, Sitter associated with 347 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Whilst Auden was in Berlin he wrote 'Paid on Both Sides; a Charade', which T.S. Eliot accepted for the Criterion magazine. On his return to England in 1929, Auden resolved to accept his homosexuality and broke off his engagement. This portrait was the first of three sittings Auden gave to Beaton during his life, and coincides with Faber and Faber's publication of Auden's book, Poems. In 1930, Auden became a schoolmaster in Dunbartonshire and also began to write collaboratively with Christopher Isherwood.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 23
- Lunchtime Lecture: 'Something of me’ – Portraits of Cecil Beaton
20 November, 13:15