Vintage Cecil Beaton prints on loan to National Portrait Gallery, London
A group of rare, vintage Cecil Beaton prints have been loaned by Huxley-Parlour Gallery to the National Portrait Gallery for their major exhibition, Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things, which opened this week in London. The four portraits of the Jungman Sisters, Margot Asquith, Lady Eleanor Smith and Lady Pamela Smith, dating from the 1920s and 1930s were purchased from the original Cecil Beaton Studio sales in the 1970s, and have been selected by curators for their central significance in Beaton’s oeuvre.
The exhibition as a whole surveys 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. This is the final exhibition to open in London prior to the National Portrait Gallery’s scheduled three-year closure for major redevelopment, during which time works from the collection will tour regional galleries across the UK.
Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things runs through 7 June 2020 at the National Portrait Gallery, London, whilst Huxley-Parlour Gallery will open a compatriot exhibition of vintage prints by Cecil Beaton in Spring 2020. Find out more here.