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Beaton, Cecil (1904 - 1980)

Incapable of making a living with traditional office work, Cecil Beaton soon turned to his leisure passion, photography, and moved to New York where he signed a contract with Condé Nast, working for Vogue and Vanity Fair – for which he specialized in fashion spreads as well as society and celebrity portraits (including of his greatest obsession, Greta Garbo) - from 1927 while, having travelled continuously to England, he set up his own studio where he regularly photographed the ‘Bright Young People’ and his friend, Stephen Tennant, during the 1930s. In 1938, he was fired from the American Vogue following an anti-Semitic remark in one of his illustration. He therefore settled again in England where he became a prominent war photographer and the royal family's portraitist but also that of young socialites such as Daisy Fellowes and fashion icons like Gabrielle Chanel. Following World War II, Cecil Beaton put his hands into set and costume design, his most acclaimed work being his creations for My Fair Lady, in 1964. His smart social observations, witty remarks and illustrations, creative scrapbooks as well as insightful portraits enabled to put a face on a large ensemble of an artistic and socialite environment, he never prevented himself from mocking, greatly earning his reputation of being a kind of Malice in Wonderland according to Jean Cocteau.

Cecil Beaton, Edith Sitwell, 1926
Cecil Beaton, Edith Sitwell, 1926
Cecil Beaton, Aldous Huxley, 1936
Cecil Beaton, Aldous Huxley, 1936
Cecil Beaton, Wallis, Duchess of Windsor and Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor, 1937
Cecil Beaton, Wallis, Duchess of Windsor and Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor, 1937
Cecil Beaton, Edith Sitwell, 1930
Cecil Beaton, Edith Sitwell, 1930
Cecil Beaton, Wallis, Duchess of Windsor and Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor, 1949
Cecil Beaton, Wallis, Duchess of Windsor and Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor, 1949
Cecil Beaton, T.S Eliott, 1930
Cecil Beaton, T.S Eliott, 1930
Cecil Beaton, Ian Fleming, 1930
Cecil Beaton, Ian Fleming, 1930
Cecil Beaton, Daisy Fellowes, 1920s
Cecil Beaton, Daisy Fellowes, 1920s
Cecil Beaton, Baba d’Erlanger, Princesse Jean-Louis de Faucigny-Lucinge, 1920s
Cecil Beaton, Baba d’Erlanger, Princesse Jean-Louis de Faucigny-Lucinge, 1920s
Cecil Beaton, Sir Frederik Ashton, 1968
Cecil Beaton, Sir Frederik Ashton, 1968
Cecil Beaton, Queen Elizabeth II, 1953
Cecil Beaton, Queen Elizabeth II, 1953
Cecil Beaton, Lady Ottoline Morrell, 1927
Cecil Beaton, Lady Ottoline Morrell, 1927
Cecil Beaton,
Cecil Beaton, "Margot" Asquih, Countess of oxford ans Asquith, 1927
Cecil Beaton, Teresa
Cecil Beaton, Teresa "Baby" and Zita Jungman, 1920s
Cecil Beaton, Princess Sheila MacKellar Romanov, 1927
Cecil Beaton, Princess Sheila MacKellar Romanov, 1927
Cecil Beaton, Marquise de Casa Maury,  1928
Cecil Beaton, Marquise de Casa Maury, 1928
Cecil Beaton, Marquise de Casa Maury,  1928
Cecil Beaton, Marquise de Casa Maury, 1928
Cecil Beaton, Nancy Cunard, 1929
Cecil Beaton, Nancy Cunard, 1929
Cecil Beaton, Lilian Gish, 1929
Cecil Beaton, Lilian Gish, 1929
Cecil Beaton, Sir Oswald and Lady Rhoda Birley and Maxime de la Falaise, 1930s
Cecil Beaton, Sir Oswald and Lady Rhoda Birley and Maxime de la Falaise, 1930s
Cecil Beaton, Diana Cooper, 1930
Cecil Beaton, Diana Cooper, 1930
Cecil Beaton, Lors David Cecil, 1930
Cecil Beaton, Lors David Cecil, 1930
Cecil Beaton, Diana Cooper, 1930
Cecil Beaton, Diana Cooper, 1930
Cecil Beaton, Daisy Fellowes, 1930s
Cecil Beaton, Daisy Fellowes, 1930s
Cecil Beaton, Gertrude Lawrence, 1930
Cecil Beaton, Gertrude Lawrence, 1930
Cecil Beaton, Lady Mendl, 1930s
Cecil Beaton, Lady Mendl, 1930s
Cecil Beaton, Pavel Tchelitchew, 1930s
Cecil Beaton, Pavel Tchelitchew, 1930s
Cecil Beaton, Buster Keaton, 1931
Cecil Beaton, Buster Keaton, 1931
Cecil Beaton, Pablo Picasso, 1931
Cecil Beaton, Pablo Picasso, 1931
Cecil Beaton, Mexican Grotto, 1931
Cecil Beaton, Mexican Grotto, 1931
Cecil Beaton, Johnny Weissmuller, 1932
Cecil Beaton, Johnny Weissmuller, 1932
Cecil Beaton, Marlene Dietrich, 1932
Cecil Beaton, Marlene Dietrich, 1932
Cecil Beaton, Merle Oberon, 1934
Cecil Beaton, Merle Oberon, 1934
Cecil Beaton, Natasha Paley, 1934
Cecil Beaton, Natasha Paley, 1934
Cecil Beaton, Alice B. Toklas and Gertrude Stein, 1936
Cecil Beaton, Alice B. Toklas and Gertrude Stein, 1936
Cecil Beaton, Laurence Kerr Olivier, 1936
Cecil Beaton, Laurence Kerr Olivier, 1936
Cecil Beaton, Coco Chanel, 1937
Cecil Beaton, Coco Chanel, 1937
Cecil Beaton, Christian Berard, 1937
Cecil Beaton, Christian Berard, 1937
Cecil Beaton, Vicontesse Marie-Laure de Noailles, 1938
Cecil Beaton, Vicontesse Marie-Laure de Noailles, 1938
Cecil Beaton, Jean Cocteau, 1938
Cecil Beaton, Jean Cocteau, 1938
Cecil Beaton, Queen Elizabeth, Queen mother, 1939
Cecil Beaton, Queen Elizabeth, Queen mother, 1939
Cecil Beaton, Ruth Ford, 1940
Cecil Beaton, Ruth Ford, 1940
Cecil Beaton, Beryl de Zoete, 1941
Cecil Beaton, Beryl de Zoete, 1941
Cecil Beaton, Queen Fawzieh of Iran, Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, Shah of Irand and Princess Shannaz Pahlavi of Iran, 1942
Cecil Beaton, Queen Fawzieh of Iran, Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, Shah of Irand and Princess Shannaz Pahlavi of Iran, 1942
Cecil Beaton, Queen Fawzieh of Iran, 1942
Cecil Beaton, Queen Fawzieh of Iran, 1942
Cecil Beaton, Queen Elizabeth II, 1942
Cecil Beaton, Queen Elizabeth II, 1942
Cecil Beaton, Benjamin Britten, 1942
Cecil Beaton, Benjamin Britten, 1942
Cecil Beaton, Noel Coward, 1942
Cecil Beaton, Noel Coward, 1942
Cecil Beaton, Benjamin Britten, 1942
Cecil Beaton, Benjamin Britten, 1942
Cecil Beaton, Pandit Ram Gopal, 1944
Cecil Beaton, Pandit Ram Gopal, 1944
Cecil Beaton, Maharaja and Maharani of Jaipur, 1944
Cecil Beaton, Maharaja and Maharani of Jaipur, 1944
Cecil Beaton, Yvonne Germaine Jeanne Arnaud, 1944
Cecil Beaton, Yvonne Germaine Jeanne Arnaud, 1944
Cecil Beaton, Dorothy Dickson, 1944
Cecil Beaton, Dorothy Dickson, 1944
Cecil Beaton, Walter Monckton, 1st Viscount Monckton, 1944
Cecil Beaton, Walter Monckton, 1st Viscount Monckton, 1944
Cecil Beaton, Lord Mounbatten, 1944
Cecil Beaton, Lord Mounbatten, 1944
Cecil Beaton, Pablo Picasso, 1944
Cecil Beaton, Pablo Picasso, 1944
Cecil Beaton, Benjamin Britten, 1945
Cecil Beaton, Benjamin Britten, 1945
Cecil Beaton, Pablo Picasso with Balthus, 1945
Cecil Beaton, Pablo Picasso with Balthus, 1945
Cecil Beaton, Boris Kochno, 1946
Cecil Beaton, Boris Kochno, 1946
Cecil Beaton, Greta Garbo, 1946
Cecil Beaton, Greta Garbo, 1946
Cecil Beaton, André Gide, 1946
Cecil Beaton, André Gide, 1946
Cecil Beaton, Greta Garbo, 1946
Cecil Beaton, Greta Garbo, 1946
Cecil Beaton, Vivien Leigh as Anna Karenina, 1946
Cecil Beaton, Vivien Leigh as Anna Karenina, 1946
Cecil Beaton, Vivien Leigh as Anna Karenina, 1946
Cecil Beaton, Vivien Leigh as Anna Karenina, 1946
Cecil Beaton, Deborah Kerr, 1948
Cecil Beaton, Deborah Kerr, 1948
Cecil Beaton, Bobby Henrey, 1948
Cecil Beaton, Bobby Henrey, 1948
Cecil Beaton, Alan Rawsthorne, 1948
Cecil Beaton, Alan Rawsthorne, 1948
Cecil Beaton, David Niven, 1948
Cecil Beaton, David Niven, 1948
Cecil Beaton, Greta Garbo, 1948
Cecil Beaton, Greta Garbo, 1948
Cecil Beaton, Clarissa Eden, Countess of Avon, 1949
Cecil Beaton, Clarissa Eden, Countess of Avon, 1949
Cecil Beaton, Margot Fonteyn, 1950
Cecil Beaton, Margot Fonteyn, 1950
Cecil Beaton, Malcolm Sargent, 1950s
Cecil Beaton, Malcolm Sargent, 1950s
Cecil Beaton, Lucien Freud and Anne Geraldine Fleming, 1950
Cecil Beaton, Lucien Freud and Anne Geraldine Fleming, 1950
Cecil Beaton, Francis Bacon, 1951
Cecil Beaton, Francis Bacon, 1951
Cecil Beaton, Alec Guinness as Hamlet, 1951
Cecil Beaton, Alec Guinness as Hamlet, 1951
Cecil Beaton, Peter Ustinov, 1951
Cecil Beaton, Peter Ustinov, 1951
Cecil Beaton, Jacqueline Bouvier, 1951
Cecil Beaton, Jacqueline Bouvier, 1951
Cecil Beaton, James Caffery and Daisy Fellowes, 1951
Cecil Beaton, James Caffery and Daisy Fellowes, 1951
Cecil Beaton, Jacqueline and Lee Bouvier, 1951
Cecil Beaton, Jacqueline and Lee Bouvier, 1951
Cecil Beaton, Jean-Louis Barrault and Madeleine Renaud, 1952
Cecil Beaton, Jean-Louis Barrault and Madeleine Renaud, 1952
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