Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton, A Diamond Jubilee Celebration


Yesterday I attended a preview of Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton, A Diamond Jubilee Celebration, at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Sir Cecil Beaton was a photographer, illustrator, designer and artist whose career took off in the 1920’s. Working for Vogue, he became one of the leading fashion photographers of the era, but his biggest break occurred in 1939 when the Queen (mother of our current Queen) asked him to take her portrait. It was the beginning of an enduring relationship with the Royal Family. Beaton portrayed the royals as no one had ever done before, and was a huge part of transforming the image of the monarchy through some of the more difficult periods of the twentieth century, including the Second World War. 


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