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Bright Young Things


59 People in sitter grouping:

The Bright Young Things (or Bright Young People) were a set of bohemian socialites and aristocrats who became notorious in the 1920s tabloid press for their decadent parties, riotous practical jokes and hedonistic behaviour. Their social scene focused on London, where they enjoyed elaborate night-time treasure hunts and entry to private clubs. Favourite haunts included the Gargoyle Club and Cavendish Hotel, but also extended to country house parties and meticulously planned costume balls. The term 'Bright Young People' was originally coined by the tabloid press and applied to the pleasure-seeking young men and women of the interwar generation. Many of them went on to become artists and writers, who in turn became the inspiration for various literary characters. Cecil Beaton’s photographs captured the glamour and creativity of the Bright Young Things, many of whom became his close friends.

Tallulah Bankhead

Tallulah Bankhead

1902-1968
Actress
Sitter in 50 portraits
Henry Frederick Thynne, 6th Marquess of Bath

Henry Frederick Thynne, 6th Marquess of Bath

1905-1992
Landowner and businessman
Sitter in 28 portraits
Cecil Beaton

Cecil Beaton

1904-1980
Photographer, designer and writer
Sitter associated with 361 portraits | Artist associated with 1112 portraits
Sir John Betjeman

Sir John Betjeman

1906-1984
Poet Laureate, writer and broadcaster
Sitter in 41 portraits
Edward Burra

Edward Burra

1905-1976
Painter
Sitter in 3 portraits | Artist of 3 portraits
Nancy Cunard

Nancy Cunard

1896-1965
Poet and political activist
Sitter in 6 portraits
Nancy Mitford

Nancy Mitford

1904-1973
Writer and biographer
Sitter in 25 portraits
Constant Lambert

Constant Lambert

1905-1951
Composer, conductor and critic
Sitter in 33 portraits
Gertrude Lawrence

Gertrude Lawrence

1898-1952
Actress, singer and dancer
Sitter associated with 93 portraits
Tilly Losch

Tilly Losch

1907-1975
Dancer and actress
Sitter in 22 portraits
Oliver Messel

Oliver Messel

1904-1978
Artist and stage designer
Sitter in 27 portraits
Diana Mitford (later Lady Mosley)

Diana Mitford (later Lady Mosley)

1910-2003
Nazi sympathiser and author; former wife of Hon. Bryan Guinness, and later wife of Sir Oswald Mosley, 6th Bt; daughter of 2nd Baron Redesdale
Sitter in 14 portraits
Edwina Cynthia Annette (née Ashley), Countess Mountbatten of Burma

Edwina Cynthia Annette (née Ashley), Countess Mountbatten of Burma

1901-1960
Director of emergency relief services and Vicereine of India; wife of 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma; daughter of 1st Baron Mount Temple
Sitter in 37 portraits
Bryan Walter Guinness, 2nd Baron Moyne of Bury St Edmunds

Bryan Walter Guinness, 2nd Baron Moyne of Bury St Edmunds

1905-1992
Poet, novelist and playwright
Sitter in 2 portraits
Lady Diana Cooper (Diana (née Manners), Viscountess Norwich)

Lady Diana Cooper (Diana (née Manners), Viscountess Norwich)

1892-1986
Actress and writer; wife of 1st Viscount Norwich; daughter of 8th Duke of Rutland
Sitter associated with 39 portraits
Anthony Powell

Anthony Powell

1905-2000
Writer
Sitter in 15 portraits
Edith Sitwell

Edith Sitwell

1887-1964
Poet
Sitter in 56 portraits
Sir Osbert Sitwell

Sir Osbert Sitwell

1892-1969
Writer
Sitter in 61 portraits
Sir Sacheverell Sitwell, 6th Bt

Sir Sacheverell Sitwell, 6th Bt

1897-1988
Poet and writer
Sitter in 19 portraits
Stephen Tennant

Stephen Tennant

1906-1987
Poet, decorator and aesthete
Sitter in 12 portraits
Iris Tree

Iris Tree

1897-1968
Poet, actress and painter; daughter of Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree
Sitter in 6 portraits
Sir William Turner Walton

Sir William Turner Walton

1902-1983
Composer
Sitter in 26 portraits
Sylvia Townsend Warner

Sylvia Townsend Warner

1893-1978
Novelist and poet
Sitter in 11 portraits
Evelyn Waugh

Evelyn Waugh

1903-1966
Novelist
Sitter associated with 53 portraits
Rex Whistler

Rex Whistler

1905-1944
Painter and designer
Sitter in 24 portraits | Artist of 6 portraits
No individual image available for this person

Olivia Wyndham

1897-1967
Photographer
Artist associated with 5 portraits
Harold Acton

Harold Acton

1904-1994
Author
Sitter in 5 portraits
Sylvia (née Hawkes), Lady Ashley

Sylvia (née Hawkes), Lady Ashley

1904-1977
Actress and society beauty; former wife of Lord Ashley and of Douglas Fairbanks Sr and of 6th Baron Stanley of Alderley and of Clark Gable, and later wife of Prince Dimitri Djordjadze
Sitter in 10 portraits
Daphne Fielding

Daphne Fielding

1904-1997
Author; former wife of 6th Marquess of Bath, and later wife of Alexander Fielding; daughter of 4th Baron Vivian
Sitter associated with 13 portraits
Baba Beaton

Baba Beaton

1912-1973
Sister of Sir Cecil Beaton
Sitter associated with 6 portraits
Robert Byron

Robert Byron

1905-1941
Travel writer, art historian and critic
Sitter in 1 portrait
Lady Lettice Cotterell (née Lygon)

Lady Lettice Cotterell (née Lygon)

1906-1973
Wife of Sir Richard Charles Geers Cotterell, 5th Bt; daughter of 7th Earl Beauchamp
Sitter in 8 portraits
(Alexander) Gavin Henderson, 2nd Baron Faringdon

(Alexander) Gavin Henderson, 2nd Baron Faringdon

1902-1977
Labour politician, pacifist and member of the Fabian Society
Sitter in 12 portraits
Eddie Gathorne-Hardy

Eddie Gathorne-Hardy

1901-1978
Botanist; son of 3rd Earl of Cranbrook
Sitter in 4 portraits
Paula Gellibrand, Marquise de Casa Maury

Paula Gellibrand, Marquise de Casa Maury

1898-1986
Socialite; wife of 1st Marquess de Casa Maury
Sitter in 20 portraits
Henry Green (Henry Vincent Yorke)

Henry Green (Henry Vincent Yorke)

1905-1973
Novelist
Sitter associated with 2 portraits
Oonagh Guinness

Oonagh Guinness

1910-1995
Society beauty and art collector
Sitter in 1 portrait
Pamela Margaret Elizabeth Berry (née Smith), Lady Hartwell

Pamela Margaret Elizabeth Berry (née Smith), Lady Hartwell

1914-1982
Chairman of the British Museum Society; President of the Incorporated Society of London Fashion Designers
Sitter associated with 8 portraits
Hon. David Herbert

Hon. David Herbert

1908-1995
Socialite and traveller; son of 15th Earl of Pembroke
Sitter in 4 portraits
Arthur Jeffress

Arthur Jeffress

1904-1961
Collector and art dealer
Sitter in 11 portraits