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Cecil Beaton

(1904-1980), Photographer, designer and writer

Sitter associated with 361 portraits
Artist associated with 1111 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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Cecil Beaton in 'All the Vogue', by Dorothy Wilding - NPG x36718

Cecil Beaton in 'All the Vogue'

by Dorothy Wilding
half-plate glass negative, 1925
NPG x36718

Cecil Beaton, by Dorothy Wilding - NPG x36724

Cecil Beaton

by Dorothy Wilding
half-plate glass negative, 1925
NPG x36724

Cecil Beaton, by Cecil Beaton - NPG x40413

Cecil Beaton

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, 1925
NPG x40413

Cecil Beaton; Stephen Tennant, by Maurice Beck and Helen Macgregor - NPG x40415

Cecil Beaton; Stephen Tennant

by Maurice Beck and Helen Macgregor
cream-toned vintage bromide print, 1927
NPG x40415

Cecil Beaton and his friends, by Cecil Beaton - NPG x40409

Cecil Beaton and his friends

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, October 1927
NPG x40409

Cecil Beaton, by Cecil Beaton - NPG x40430

Cecil Beaton

by Cecil Beaton
velox snapshot print, late 1920s
NPG x40430

Cecil Beaton, by Curtis Moffat, and  Olivia Wyndham - NPG x20034

Cecil Beaton

by Curtis Moffat, and Olivia Wyndham
bromide print, circa 1928
NPG x20034

Cecil Beaton, by Lafayette - NPG x49751

Cecil Beaton

by Lafayette
whole-plate film negative, 14 June 1928
NPG x49751

Cecil Beaton, by Lafayette - NPG x49754

Cecil Beaton

by Lafayette
whole-plate film negative, 14 June 1928
NPG x49754

Cecil Beaton, by Lafayette - NPG x49755

Cecil Beaton

by Lafayette
whole-plate film negative, 14 June 1928
NPG x49755

Cecil Beaton, by Curtis Moffat - NPG x40414

Cecil Beaton

by Curtis Moffat
bromide print, circa 1928
NPG x40414

Cecil Beaton, by Curtis Moffat, and  Olivia Wyndham - NPG x30316

Cecil Beaton

by Curtis Moffat, and Olivia Wyndham
bromide print on card mount with green tint, circa 1928
NPG x30316

Cecil Beaton, by Curtis Moffat, and  Olivia Wyndham - NPG x30315

Cecil Beaton

by Curtis Moffat, and Olivia Wyndham
bromide print on grey mount with red tint, circa 1928
NPG x30315

Cecil Beaton; Paula Gellibrand, Marquise de Casa Maury, by Cecil Beaton - NPG x193435

Cecil Beaton; Paula Gellibrand, Marquise de Casa Maury

by Cecil Beaton
halftone reproduction tear sheet, published 20 February 1929
NPG x193435

Cecil Beaton, by Cecil Beaton - NPG x24831

Cecil Beaton

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, 1930s
NPG x24831

Cecil Beaton, by Cecil Beaton - NPG x40429

Cecil Beaton

by Cecil Beaton
vintage print, 1930s
NPG x40429

Cecil Beaton, by Cecil Beaton - NPG x134481

Cecil Beaton

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, 1930s
NPG x134481

Cecil Beaton, by Bert Longworth - NPG x40537

Cecil Beaton

by Bert Longworth
vintage contact print from 10 x 8 inch negative, 1930s
NPG x40537

Cecil Beaton, by Baron George Hoyningen-Huene - NPG x40421

Cecil Beaton

by Baron George Hoyningen-Huene
vintage bromide print, 1930
NPG x40421

Cecil Beaton, by George Hurrell - NPG x40423

Cecil Beaton

by George Hurrell
bromide print, 1930s
NPG x40423

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