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Edith Sitwell, by Cecil Beaton, 1930 - NPG x40984 - © Cecil Beaton Studio Archive, Sotheby's London

© Cecil Beaton Studio Archive, Sotheby's London

Edith Sitwell

by Cecil Beaton
bromide postcard print on album page, 1930
5 3/8 in. x 3 1/8 in. (138 mm x 80 mm)
Accepted in lieu of tax by H.M. Government and allocated to the Gallery, 1991
Photographs Collection
NPG x40984

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  • Cecil Beaton (1904-1980), Photographer, designer and writer. Artist associated with 1088 portraits, Sitter associated with 354 portraits.

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