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A Sainsbury's Photographic Exhibition



Cecil Beaton

Cecil Beaton (1904-1980) is one of the most celebrated British photographers. He was gifted with an abundant and flamboyant sense of style. His fashion photographs, portraits of celebrities, designs for theatre and film and volumes of diaries mark him as one of the first international multi media artists. The Cecil Beaton exhibition, organised by the Gallery`s Director Roy Strong, held at the National Portrait Gallery in 1968, was the first exhibition of a living artist and the first devoted to photography. Following on from the exhibition Beaton presented 240 carefully chosen portrait photographs from across the breadth of his career to the Gallery`s archive. The portrait of Beaton in costume was shot by Dorothy Wilding who he commissioned to photograph him in a series of dresses for his part in the Cambridge Footlights revue, 'All the Vogue'.

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