Ian McKellen

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Ian McKellen

by Cecil Beaton
pencil, late 1960s-early 1970s
8 7/8 in. x 6 7/8 in. (226 mm x 176 mm)
Accepted in lieu of tax by H.M. Government and allocated to the Gallery, 1991
Reference Collection
NPG D17941(1)

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  • Cecil Beaton (1904-1980), Photographer, designer and writer. Artist or producer associated with 1113 portraits, Sitter associated with 360 portraits.

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