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  • Place of origin:

    Windsor Castle (photographed)

  • Date:

    1943 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • 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

Physical description

The three women are seen looking downwards, from an interior balcony (at the top of a staircase known as the Gothic staircase). The balustrade and the ceiling above them are decorative; carved, gilded and panelled. Large paintings or tapestries are partly seen on the wall in the background. Two wall-mounted lamps with flame-shaped shades, light the shadowy space behind them. Both Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret look towards the camera, while Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother looks at her daughters. The scene is generally dark, but with strong lighting below the balcony; their faces are illuminated.

Place of Origin

Windsor Castle (photographed)


1943 (photographed)


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

Materials and Techniques



Width: 35.2 cm paper, Width: 35.2 cm image, Height: 35.8 cm paper, Height: 35.8 cm image

Descriptive line

Royal Portrait by Cecil Beaton (1904-1980). Photograph depicting Queen Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother), Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II), and Princess Margaret. Windsor Castle, 1943.

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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