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Cecil Beaton

(1904-1980), Photographer, designer and writer

Sitter associated with 357 portraits
Artist associated with 1106 portraits
Cecil Beaton was one of the leading British photographers of the twentieth century. Beaton's early studio portraits of debutantes and celebrities often involved elaborate theatrical backdrops, and helped define the image of the 'Bright young thing'. Beaton was also an acclaimed designer for film and the stage, including My Fair Lady (1956), the musical based on George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion. He won three Oscars for costume and art direction for the film version of My Fair Lady (1965) and for Gigi (1958). A major retrospective of Beaton's portraits in 1968 was the first exhibition the National Portrait Gallery had devoted to a photographer.

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Queen Elizabeth II, by Cecil Beaton - NPG P1462

Queen Elizabeth II

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, November 1955
NPG P1462

Queen Elizabeth II, by Cecil Beaton - NPG P1463

Queen Elizabeth II

by Cecil Beaton
C-type colour print, November 1955
NPG P1463

Queen Elizabeth II, by Cecil Beaton - NPG P1464

Queen Elizabeth II

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, November 1955
NPG P1464

Queen Elizabeth II, by Cecil Beaton - NPG P1465

Queen Elizabeth II

by Cecil Beaton
C-type colour print, November 1955
NPG P1465

Queen Elizabeth II, by Cecil Beaton - NPG P1466

Queen Elizabeth II

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, November 1955
NPG P1466

Queen Elizabeth II, by Cecil Beaton - NPG P1467

Queen Elizabeth II

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, November 1955
NPG P1467

Queen Elizabeth II, by Cecil Beaton - NPG P1468

Queen Elizabeth II

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, November 1955
NPG P1468

Queen Elizabeth II, by Cecil Beaton - NPG P1469

Queen Elizabeth II

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, November 1955
NPG P1469

Queen Elizabeth II, by Cecil Beaton - NPG P1470

Queen Elizabeth II

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, November 1955
NPG P1470

Queen Elizabeth II, by Cecil Beaton - NPG P1471

Queen Elizabeth II

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, November 1955
NPG P1471

Queen Elizabeth II, by Cecil Beaton - NPG P1472

Queen Elizabeth II

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, November 1955
NPG P1472

Queen Elizabeth II, by Cecil Beaton - NPG P1473

Queen Elizabeth II

by Cecil Beaton
C-type colour print, 1955
NPG P1473

Queen Elizabeth II, by Cecil Beaton - NPG P1474

Queen Elizabeth II

by Cecil Beaton
C-type colour print, November 1955
NPG P1474

Queen Elizabeth II, by Cecil Beaton - NPG P1475

Queen Elizabeth II

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, November 1955
NPG P1475

Queen Elizabeth II, by Cecil Beaton - NPG P1476

Queen Elizabeth II

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, November 1955
NPG P1476

Queen Elizabeth II, by Cecil Beaton - NPG P1477

Queen Elizabeth II

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, November 1955
NPG P1477

Queen Elizabeth II, by Cecil Beaton - NPG P1478

Queen Elizabeth II

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, November 1955
NPG P1478

T.S. Eliot, by Cecil Beaton - NPG P869(12)

T.S. Eliot

by Cecil Beaton
vintage bromide print on white card mount, July 1956
NPG P869(12)

Kay Kendall, by Cecil Beaton - NPG P869(18)

Kay Kendall

by Cecil Beaton
vintage bromide print on white card mount, 1957
NPG P869(18)

Rose Macaulay, by Cecil Beaton - NPG P869(19)

Rose Macaulay

by Cecil Beaton
vintage bromide print on white card mount, March 1958
NPG P869(19)

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