4 of 1103 portraits by Cecil Beaton
by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, 1927
15 in. x 12 in. (381 mm x 305 mm)
Bequeathed by Sir Cecil Beaton, 1980
Sitterback to top
- Cecil Beaton (1904-1980), Photographer, designer and writer. Sitter associated with 358 portraits, Artist associated with 1103 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Cecil Beaton (1904-1980), Photographer, designer and writer. Artist associated with 1103 portraits, Sitter associated with 358 portraits.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Pepper, Terence, Beaton Portraits, 2004 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 5 February - 31 May 2004), p. 10 Read entry
Beaton loved his painted portrait by Bérard and used a detail of himself for the cover of his first volume of published diaries, and wrote that this definitive portrait was how he best wanted to be seen. The multiple exposure of 1927 (P219) made for a compelling frontispiece for his first exhibition at the Cooling Galleries. Diana Souhami in her insightful and entertaining Greta and Cecil (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, revised edition, 1999) decodes his photographs as showing ‘merged identity, narcissism and insecurity’, which possibly accurately describes this particular image.
- Pepper, Terence, Beaton Portraits, 2004 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 5 February to 31 May 2004), p. 10
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 41
Events of 1927back to top
Current affairsThe United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland is renamed the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, acknowledging the full independence of the Irish Free State, led at the time by W.T. Cosgrave, the the first President of the Executive Council of the Irish Free State.
Art and scienceThe BBC gains its Royal Charter making it a public corporation and a public service broadcaster accountable to its audience. John Reith became the first Director General with the directive to 'inform, educate and entertain.'
InternationalStalin expels Leon Trotsky from the Soviet Communist Party, giving himself greater control of the party and country by ousting opposition elements.
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