VIDEO: Giles Huxley-Parlour discusses Cecil Beaton

In this video, Giles from Huxley-Parlour discusses various Cecil Beaton photographs shown in the gallery’s exhibition.

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.

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