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CECIL BEATON: A Retrospective

Mellor, Dr. David (Editor)

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ISBN 10: 0821216325 / ISBN 13: 9780821216323
Published by New York Graphic Society, Boston, 1986
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Foreword by John Hoole. 4to. Gray cloth with silver spine titles. 256 pages, with Beaton Bibliography, General Bibliography, and Index. Illustrated with color plates and b/w images. No names or marks. Illustrated dust-jacket (with price intact) has a closed tear and crease on rear panel, else Fine. Bookseller Inventory # 1314

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Title: CECIL BEATON: A Retrospective

Publisher: New York Graphic Society, Boston

Publication Date: 1986

Binding: hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: very good +

Edition: First American edition.

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Sir Cecil Walter Hardy Beaton, CBE (14 January 1904 - 18 January 1980) was an English fashion and portrait photographer, diarist, painter, interior designer and an Academy Award-winning stage and costume designer for films and the theatre. He was named to the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1970. Beaton is best known for his fashion photographs and society portraits. He worked as a staff photographer for Vanity Fair and Vogue in addition to photographing celebrities in Hollywood. However in 1938, he inserted 'some tiny-but-still-legible [anti-Semitic] phrases (including the word 'kike') into American Vogue at the side of an illustration about New York society. The issue was recalled and reprinted at vast expense, and Beaton was fired. Beaton often photographed the Royal Family for official publication. Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother was his favorite Royal sitter, and he once pocketed her scented hankie as a keepsake from a highly successful shoot. Beaton took the famous wedding pictures of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor (wearing an haute couture ensemble by the noted American fashion designer Mainbocher).

From Publishers Weekly:

This catalogue of a British exhibition of Beaton's work comprises three parts: articles on various aspects of his art; full-page color plates; and a catalogue listing. The essay writers discuss Beaton's love of theatricality and artifice and its evidence in his style: subjects posed in period costume, shot against or reflected in mirrors, the photographer's own reflection visible in a photo, ironic and sometimes severely unflattering angles. Even his wartime photos have the oddly displaced quality of a stage set. The full-size color plates here are disappointingly few in number; the book's other sections are themselves well illustrated with photos, though these are smaller and black-and-white. Many of the same pictures also appear in Beaton in Vogue (see review above), where they are generally reproduced in larger size; this volume is perhaps more useful as commentary than for basking in Beaton's art.
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