Cecil Beaton

26th Apr 2017 - 20th May 2017

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26 April – 20 May 2017

Beetles+Huxley are pleased to exhibit over 70 vintage Cecil Beaton photographs. The photographs have been held in an American private collection for over 60 years and will finally be brought back to London, where this unique group is on display for the first time.

Originally purchased in the early 1950s, the works form a complete survey of Beaton’s early photography ranging from portraits of the ‘Bright Young People’ in the 1920s, innovative fashion pictures for Vogue, portraits from Hollywood in the 1930s, to his lesser-known wartime documentary photographs commissioned by the British Ministry of Information.

Portraits included in the exhibition include figures such as Queen Elizabeth (subsequently the Queen Mother), The Duke and Duchess of Windsor on their wedding day, Salvador Dali, Vivien Leigh, Augustus John, Charles de Gaulle, Orson Welles, H G Wells and Aldous Huxley.

 

Works

Baba And Nancy Beaton, Circa 1926

Baba And Nancy Beaton, Circa 1926

Sir Cecil Beaton CBE

Lady Milbanke, 1929

Lady Milbanke, 1929

Sir Cecil Beaton CBE

Fashion Picture, Paris, 1930s

Fashion Picture, Paris, 1930s

Sir Cecil Beaton CBE

Fashion For ‘Vogue’, New York, 1935

Fashion For ‘Vogue’, New York, 1935

Sir Cecil Beaton CBE

Ruth Ford, Paris, 1936

Ruth Ford, Paris, 1936

Sir Cecil Beaton CBE

Lady Diana Duff Cooper For ‘Vogue’, 1937

Lady Diana Duff Cooper For ‘Vogue’, 1937

Sir Cecil Beaton CBE

Louise, Comtesse Palfy, Circa 1938

Louise, Comtesse Palfy, Circa 1938

Sir Cecil Beaton CBE

Acting Flight Lieutenant Thomas ‘Ginger’ Neil, No 249 Squadron, Raf North Weald, 1940

Acting Flight Lieutenant Thomas ‘Ginger’ Neil, No 249 Squadron, Raf North Weald, 1940

Sir Cecil Beaton CBE

Acting Flight Lieutenant Thomas ‘Ginger’ Neil, No 249 Squadron, Raf North Weald, 1940

Acting Flight Lieutenant Thomas ‘Ginger’ Neil, No 249 Squadron, Raf North Weald, 1940

Sir Cecil Beaton CBE

Portrait Of A Child Injured In The Blitz, Queen Charlotte’s Hospital, London, 1940

Portrait Of A Child Injured In The Blitz, Queen Charlotte’s Hospital, London, 1940

Sir Cecil Beaton CBE

Eighth Army Tank Crew Before The Battle Of El Alamein, Egypt, 1941

Eighth Army Tank Crew Before The Battle Of El Alamein, Egypt, 1941

Sir Cecil Beaton CBE

Sailors Among Hammocks On The Mess Deck, Hms Alcantara, En Route To Sierra Leone, 1942

Sailors Among Hammocks On The Mess Deck, Hms Alcantara, En Route To Sierra Leone, 1942

Sir Cecil Beaton CBE

A Member Of Y-Patrol Of The Long-Range Desert Group, Siwa Oasis, Western Desert, Egypt, 1942

A Member Of Y-Patrol Of The Long-Range Desert Group, Siwa Oasis, Western Desert, Egypt, 1942

Sir Cecil Beaton CBE

A Member Of Y-Patrol Of The Long-Range Desert Group, Siwa Oasis, Western Desert, Egypt, 1942

A Member Of Y-Patrol Of The Long-Range Desert Group, Siwa Oasis, Western Desert, Egypt, 1942

Sir Cecil Beaton CBE

Shell-Shattered Ceiling, Fire Station, Tobruk, Libya, 1942

Shell-Shattered Ceiling, Fire Station, Tobruk, Libya, 1942

Sir Cecil Beaton CBE

The Church At Tobruk, Libya, 1942

The Church At Tobruk, Libya, 1942

Sir Cecil Beaton CBE

Queen Fawziah Of Iran, 1942

Queen Fawziah Of Iran, 1942

Sir Cecil Beaton CBE

Abdullah Bin Husayn, Emir Of Transjordania, 1942

Abdullah Bin Husayn, Emir Of Transjordania, 1942

Sir Cecil Beaton CBE

Members Of The Long-Range Desert Group, Siwa Oasis, Western Desert, Egypt, 1942

Members Of The Long-Range Desert Group, Siwa Oasis, Western Desert, Egypt, 1942

Sir Cecil Beaton CBE

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