Gaby Deslys as The Charm of Paris in 'New Aladdin'

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Gaby Deslys as The Charm of Paris in 'New Aladdin', by Cecil Beaton, circa 1930 - NPG D3613 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Gaby Deslys as The Charm of Paris in 'New Aladdin'

by Cecil Beaton
pen and ink and wash with glitter, circa 1930
10 3/4 in. x 8 1/8 in. (273 mm x 205 mm)
Accepted in lieu of tax by H.M. Government and allocated to the Gallery, 1991
Reference Collection
NPG D3613


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  • Cecil Beaton (1904-1980), Photographer, designer and writer. Artist associated with 1079 portraits, Sitter associated with 349 portraits.

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This drawing depicts her in her role as the Charm of Paris in The New Aladdin (1906), showing 'how the fair Parisienne walks, sings and dances'. A line-drawing of it was reproduced in The Book of Beauty (1930) where Beaton sang her praises: 'a marvellous creature, of brilliantine and brilliance, and Christmas-tree tinsel...it was impossible to look at anyone else when she was on the stage'.