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  • Provenance

    Sotheby's, London: 9 May 2002, lot 187

  • 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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Yul Brynner

1930s
Gelatin silver print, printed before 1950.
25.3 x 20.3 cm (9 7/8 x 7 7/8 in)
‘CNP’ copyright blindstamp on the recto; titled in pencil, Condé Nast copyright reproduction limitation, credit and ‘Beaton Studio Sotheby Parke Bernet 1/1’ stamps on the verso.

Estimate
£1,800 - 2,200 

Sold for £1,875

Photographs

8 November 2012
London