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  • Provenance

    Gifted from the artist; to Carmen Dell’Orefice

  • Catalogue Essay

    “This was done the second week I worked for Vogue. Scully Montgomery was the fashion editor at the time. Was I scared to be working with her and Cecil and Alexander Lieberman? No. You had all these clothes and accessories. It was an adventure.”
    -Carmen

    Please reference lot 194 for an essay on Carmen and this collection.

  • Artist Biography

    Cecil Beaton

    British • 1904 - 1980

    Cecil Beaton was a highly celebrated British photographer who is perhaps best known for taking portraits of the colorful celebrities who composed the fashionable society of early-mid twentieth century London, all of whom were within his social circle. According to an autobiographical account, Cecil Beaton's relationship with photography began as a boy when he fell in love with picture postcards of the Edwardian theater actress Miss Lily Elsie. He took up photography at a young age, using his sisters Nancy and Baba as his primary subjects. Initially, Beaton sought to emulate pictures he saw in fashion magazines, especially the soft-focus technique used by Baron Adolphe de Meyer.

     

    In 1929 he moved to New York after signing a contract with American Vogue. Throughout the 1930s Beaton traveled extensively as a portrait photographer, spending time in Hollywood amongst the glitter and glamour of Hollywood film stars. When the Second World War began and focus turned towards its dangers and devastations, Queen Elizabeth II commissioned Beaton to document the ravages of the German blitz.  Following the War, in addition to taking photographs, in the late 1950s into the 1960s Beaton was involved in film as a stage and costume designer.  During this time, he designed the costume and set for the stage version of My Fair Lady (New York, 1956; London, 1958) and the film Gigi (1958). 

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CARMEN: PHOTOGRAPHS OF A FASHION ICON

203

Untitled

n.d.
Gelatin silver print.
9 5/8 x 7 5/8 in. (24.4 x 19.4 cm)
Copyright credit Sotheby's and reproduction limitation stamps on the verso.

Estimate
$1,500 - 2,500 

Sold for $6,250

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Photographs

New York 30 September & 1 October 2013