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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, by Cecil Beaton - NPG x40432

Cecil Beaton

by Cecil Beaton
bromide fibre print, 1930s
NPG x40432

Baba Beaton; Cecil Beaton, by Associated Press - NPG x40656

Baba Beaton; Cecil Beaton

by Associated Press
bromide press print, circa 1930
NPG x40656

Cecil Beaton, possibly by Baron George Hoyningen-Huene - NPG x40422

Cecil Beaton

possibly by Baron George Hoyningen-Huene
bromide print, 1930
NPG x40422

Cecil Beaton, by Marquis of Haddow - NPG x30314

Cecil Beaton

by Marquis of Haddow
bromide textured print in a cream card mount, 1930
NPG x30314

Cecil Beaton, by Harlip - NPG x40526

Cecil Beaton

by Harlip
bromide glossy print, 1930s
NPG x40526

Cecil Beaton, by Harlip - NPG x40425

Cecil Beaton

by Harlip
bromide glossy print, 1930s
NPG x40425

Cecil Beaton, by Cecil Beaton - NPG x40436

Cecil Beaton

by Cecil Beaton
bromide snapshot print, 1930s
NPG x40436

Cecil Beaton, by Unknown photographer - NPG x40437

Cecil Beaton

by Unknown photographer
bromide snapshot print, 1930s
NPG x40437

Cecil Beaton, by Unknown photographer - NPG x40438

Cecil Beaton

by Unknown photographer
velox snapshot print, 1930s
NPG x40438

Cecil Beaton and two others, by Unknown photographer - NPG x40683

Cecil Beaton and two others

by Unknown photographer
bromide snapshot print, 1930s
NPG x40683

Cecil Beaton, by Millar & Harris - NPG x40539

Cecil Beaton

by Millar & Harris
glossy bromide print, 1930
NPG x40539

Cecil Beaton; Rex Whistler, by Unknown photographer - NPG x40540

Cecil Beaton; Rex Whistler

by Unknown photographer
bromide snapshot print, 1930s
NPG x40540

Cecil Beaton, by Harlip - NPG x40426

Cecil Beaton

by Harlip
bromide glossy print, 1930s
NPG x40426

Cecil Beaton, possibly by Cecil Beaton, possibly by  Baron George Hoyningen-Huene - NPG x40428

Cecil Beaton

possibly by Cecil Beaton, possibly by Baron George Hoyningen-Huene
bromide print, 1931
NPG x40428

Cecil Beaton, possibly by Cecil Beaton, possibly by  Baron George Hoyningen-Huene - NPG x40427

Cecil Beaton

possibly by Cecil Beaton, possibly by Baron George Hoyningen-Huene
bromide print, 1931
NPG x40427

Cecil Beaton, by Ernest A. Bachrach - NPG x30319

Cecil Beaton

by Ernest A. Bachrach
cream-toned bromide print on card mount, 1932
NPG x30319

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