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  • Place of origin:

    Clarence House (photographed)

  • Date:

    1950, September (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Beaton, Cecil (Sir), born 1904 - died 1980 (photographer)

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed to the Museum in 1987 by Eileen Hose, secretary to the photographer

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 914, box I

Place of Origin

Clarence House (photographed)


1950, September (photographed)


Beaton, Cecil (Sir), born 1904 - died 1980 (photographer)


Width: 7.5 cm each image approx., Height: 8 cm each image approx., Width: 30.8 cm paper, Height: 43.1 cm paper

Descriptive line

Royal Portrait by Cecil Beaton (1904-1980). One of twelve contact print photographs which has been cut out, arranged and mounted on card. Depicting Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II) and Princess Anne, Clarence House, September 1950.

Labels and date

Princess Elizabeth, Prince Charles and Princess Anne
December 1948 and September 1950

Just as newspaper readers had responded enthusiastically to Beaton’s wartime portraits of royalty, they were moved by the intimacy of the studies of the infant royals. One reader wrote to The Sunday Graphic and Sunday News: ‘Thank you for your page one picture last week – the picture of Prince Charles with his baby sister, which so many have been waiting so long to see. In my opinion Cecil Beaton surpassed all expectation.’

Gelatin silver contact prints mounted on card

Production Note

Cecil Beaton photographed members of the royal family from 1930-1979.




Gelatin silver process


Photographs; Portraits; Royalty


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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