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  • Place of origin:

    Buckingham Palace (photographed)

  • Date:

    May 1953 (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

Contact print photograph Queen Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother), Buckingham Palace, May 1953. Standing, and seen three-quarter length, in profile, with a relaxed and happy expression. She stands at the end of an upholstered sofa, resting one hand on the back of the seat, with the other by her side. Queen Elizabeth is wearing a gown embroidered with sequins, which form a pattern of curved lines. She wears a light-coloured fur and silk stole wrapped around her. She wears diamond jewels set with dark-coloured stones, and a decorative tiara. In the background interior scene, there are large marble columns.

Place of Origin

Buckingham Palace (photographed)


May 1953 (photographed)


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

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

'Approved photographs series B641. 1953'
Written in capital letters. Positioned centrally at the top of the mount card.

Written in blue fountain pen beneath the image.


Width: 7.1 cm image, Height: 7.3 cm image, Width: 30.4 cm paper, Height: 44.2 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 Queen Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother), Buckingham Palace, May 1953.

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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