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Papers of Sir Cecil Beaton

Title Papers of Sir Cecil Beaton
Reference GBR/0275/Beaton
Creator Sir Cecil Beaton (1904-1980)
Covering Dates 1922–1980
Extent and Medium 38 boxes; paper; photograph
Repository St John's College Library
Content and context

Photographer, artist, writer, and designer of scenery and costumes. Educated at Harrow and St John's College, Cambridge, 1922-5. Made his name as a photographer through portraits of the Sitwells. Employed by Vogue in London and New York. Published 'The Book of Beauty' (1930). Photographed the Duke of Windsor's wedding, 1937. War photographer, 1939-45. Designed 'Lady Windermere's Fan', 1945. Designed costumes for 'An Ideal Husband' and 'Anna Karenina', 1948. Worked on 'The School for Scandal', 1949, 'Quadrille' for Noel Coward, 1952, 'Turandot', 1961, and 'La Traviata', 1966. Designed costumes for 'My Fair Lady', 1956, and for the film version in Hollywood, 1963. His play 'The Gainsborough Girls', 1951 and 1959, was unsuccessful. Published 'The Glass of Fashion' (1954), and six volumes of diaries. Exhibited photographs at the National Portrait Gallery, 1968. Knighted 1972.

Includes correspondence, diaries, notebooks, typescripts and one photograph.

Presented to the College by Beaton's literary executors, 1986.

Access and Use

Access to some of the diaries is restricted.

Copyright in Beaton's work rests with his literary executors.

Please cite as St John's College Library, Papers of Sir Cecil Beaton

Index Terms
Performing Arts
Visual Arts
Beaton, Sir Cecil Walter Hardy (1904-1980) Knight, photographer
St John's Library/Beaton contains:
A Correspondence.
Creator: Various.
8 boxes; paper; Mixed.
B Diaries.
145 volumes; paper; Manuscript.
C Pocket diaries. Pocket appointment diaries for the years 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1950, 1954, 1957, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973.
19 volumes; paper.
D Literary Papers.
10 boxes; paper.
E Photographs.

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