Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother; Sir Roy Strong; Cecil Beaton
by Desmond O'Neill Click on the links below to find out more
matte bromide print, 1968
9 4/8 in. x 7 4/8 in. (241 mm x 191 mm)
Accepted in lieu of tax by H.M. Government and allocated to the Gallery, 1991
- Cecil Beaton (1904-1980), Photographer, designer and writer. Sitter associated with 354 portraits, Artist associated with 1088 portraits.
- Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother (1900-2002), Queen of George VI. Sitter associated with 535 portraits.
- Sir Roy Strong (1935-), Art historian and museum director; Director of the National Portrait Gallery. Sitter associated with 21 portraits.
- Desmond O'Neill (1923-2003), Photographer. Artist associated with 16 portraits.
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Art and scienceBeaton Portraits
is the first ever photographic exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. Under the directorship of Roy Strong, the exhibition introduced a new, theatrical approach to display, and was so popular that the national press reported on the length of queues to get in and it had to be extended twice.
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