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  • Place of origin:

    Buckingham Palace (photographed)

  • Date:

    1939 (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 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 on a gilt armchair, wearing a gown embroidered with sequins and a diamond tiara. She looks downwards towards a partly-opened fan which she holds in her hands. A backdrop depicts a section of architecture, including an archway and columns.

Place of Origin

Buckingham Palace (photographed)


1939 (photographed)


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

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

'N.S. No. 3'
'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.


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.

Production Note

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




Photographs; Portraits; Royalty


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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