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Dorelia McNeill; Augustus John

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Dorelia McNeill; Augustus John, by Cecil Beaton, June 1960 - NPG x133299 - © Cecil Beaton Studio Archive, Sotheby's London

© Cecil Beaton Studio Archive, Sotheby's London

Dorelia McNeill; Augustus John

by Cecil Beaton
vintage bromide print, June 1960
8 in. x 7 1/2 in. (202 mm x 190 mm) image size
Purchased, 2010
Photographs Collection
NPG x133299

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  • Cecil Beaton (1904-1980), Photographer, designer and writer. Artist associated with 1087 portraits, Sitter associated with 351 portraits.

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These informal photographs were taken during the summer of 1960, when Cecil Beaton paid several visits to Fryern Court to have his portrait painted by John. The sittings did not go well. John was eighty-two years old and could no longer hold his brush steadily. Beaton felt that John repeatedly ruined his work with haphazard over-painting. His pallet changed from vivid green to pillar-box red. At one point Beaton posed whilst ill and nearly fainted. It was one of John's final attempts at a portrait and remained unfinished at his death.

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