National Portrait Gallery announces major Cecil Beaton Exhibition

The National Portrait Gallery has announced a new exhibition of photographs by Cecil Beaton, which will go on view in Spring 2020.

The exhibition will survey the lives of the ‘Bright Young Things’, a group of largely London-based bohemian aristocrats and socialites whose glamourous lives were immortalised in many novels and portraits of the 1920s and 1930s. High society, the avant-garde, artists, writers and socialites will be all be brought to life through Beaton’s lens, which comprehensively captured this eccentric and creative era of British cultural life.

Beaton, himself a member of the ‘Bright Young Things’, would count many of the group’s mainstays amongst his close friends, including Anna May Wong, Oliver Messel and Stephen Tennant. The exhibition will explore how Beaton made the leap from middle-class suburban schoolboy to society figure, and will also feature paintings by friends and artists including Rex Whistler, Henry Lamb, and Augustus John.

Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things will be at the National Portrait Gallery, London from 12 March – 7 June 2020. Huxley-Parlour is pleased to announce a compatriot exhibition of vintage prints by Cecil Beaton, which will go on view at Swallow Street in Spring 2020.

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