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Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Buckingham Palace (photographed)

  • Date:

    May 1964 (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:

    PH.4522-1987

  • Gallery location:

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

Place of Origin

Buckingham Palace (photographed)

Date

May 1964 (photographed)

Artist/maker

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

Marks and inscriptions

'EMBARGO: WATCH RELEASE DATE / FOR PUBLICATION IN THE DAILY NEWSPAPERS / OF WEDNESDAY. MARCH 23, 1960. / FIRST PICTURES OF THE NEW PRINCE (557/130) / THIS PICTURE OF THE QUEEN AND THE NEW BABY / PRINCE WAS MADE BY MR. CECIL BEATON IN THE / BLUE DRAWING ROOM AT BUCKINGHAM PALACE, / LONDON, RECENTLY. THE QUEEN WEARS A RED SILK / DRESS, A FOUR-STRING PEARL NECKLACE AND / DIAMOND AND PEARL EAR-RINGS. THE BABY PRINCE / WHO WAS BORN OF FEBRUARY 19, WEARS A WHITE / LACE ROBE. / BEA.K.4591 190360 N / PICTURE DISTRIBUTED BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS / LONDON / PLEASE CREDIT MY. CECIL BEATON / EMBARGO: WATCH RELEASE DATE / FOR FIRST PUBLICATION IN THE DAILY NEWSPAPERS / OF WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23, 1960.'
Typed notice, on paper fixed to reverse of photograph.

'CAUTION / WATCH RELEASE DATE'
Printed with ink stamp on reverse of photograph. Partly covered by paper embargo notice.

[Various written annotations and crop marks]
On reverse.

Dimensions

Width: 20.6 cm image, Width: 20.6 cm paper, Height: 25.5 cm image, Height: 25.5 cm paper

Descriptive line

Royal Portrait by Cecil Beaton (1904-1980). Photograph depicting Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Andrew and baby Prince Edward, Buckingham Palace, May 1964.

Labels and date

Reverse of a photograph of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Andrew
March 1960

Multiple copies of Beaton’s photographs were sent to newspaper publishers. The reverse of the photographs provided journalists with an embargo date and the details of the photographic sitting, such as the location and the Queen’s attire.

Gelatin silver print
V&A: Ph.4522-1987
[2012]

Production Note

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

Materials

Paper

Techniques

Gelatin silver process

Categories

Photographs; Portraits; Royalty

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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