© National Portrait Gallery, London
by Cecil Beaton Click on the links below to find out more
11 1/8 in. x 8 1/8 in. (281 mm x 207 mm)
Accepted in lieu of tax by H.M. Government and allocated to the Gallery, 1991
- Cecil Beaton (1904-1980), Photographer, designer and writer. Artist associated with 1087 portraits, Sitter associated with 353 portraits.
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