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Cecil Beaton
Queen Elizabeth in Buckingham Palace Garden
1939
Gelatin silver print




Victoria and Albert Museum

Excerpt from: Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 8 February - 22 April 2012

Beaton struck up an instant rapport with the Queen. His diary reveals that she was an active participant in the staging of her romantic portraits, suggesting suitable dresses and accessories. Here, Beaton combined a painterly eye with the elegant style of his Vogue fashion studies. Like those, each royal portrait would be carefully retouched under Beatons instruction, to define facial features and trim silhouettes.

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Sir Cecil Beaton, British,(1904-1980)
b. January 14, 1904, Hampstead, Great Britain
d. 1980


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