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photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Buckingham Palace (photographed)

  • Date:

    1939 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    photography

  • Credit Line:

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

  • Museum number:

    PH.495I-1987

  • Gallery location:

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

Physical description

One of eleven photographs from a contact print which has been cut out, arranged and mounted on card. Depicting Queen Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother). Seated, full-length, wearing a gown embroidered with sequins and a diamond tiara. Her face is turned towards the camera and she holds her hands in her lap. Flowers surround the chair; hydrangeas, carnations, and gladioli. A gilt and upholstered foot-stool is just seen at the base of the image, beneath folds of the dress. A backdrop depicts an enlarged and adapted section of 'The Swing' by the French painter Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732-1806).

Place of Origin

Buckingham Palace (photographed)

Date

1939 (photographed)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

photography

Marks and inscriptions

'N.S. No.9'
'N.S. No[-]' is written in blue fountain pen beneath each of the eleven images.

'Approved Photographs. Series N.S. 1939'
'Approved Photographs. Series N.S. 1939' is written in capital letters, positioned centrally in the upper portion of the card.

Dimensions

Width: 27.8 cm paper, Height: 50.5 cm paper, Width: 6.1 cm image, Height: 7.4 cm image

Descriptive line

Royal Portrait by Cecil Beaton (1904-1980). One of eleven images depicting Queen Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother), Buckingham Palace, 1939. From a contact sheet, cut out, arranged and mounted on card.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Strong, Roy C. Cecil Beaton: the royal portraits. London: Thames and Hudson, c1988. p. 64-5

Production Note

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

Materials

Paper

Categories

Photographs; Portraits; Royalty

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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