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Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Buckingham Palace (photographed)

  • Date:

    02/06/1953 (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.1541-1987

  • Gallery location:

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

Physical description

Photograph depicting Queen Elizabeth II on her Coronation day, 2nd June 1953. The new Queen is crowned (this crown is known as the Imperial State Crown) and seated upon a gilded throne, upholstered in brocade fabric. She holds the orb and sceptre in her hands and is seen in profile with a calm and hopeful expression. She is dressed in an elaborately embroidered gown and wears a dark cloak. The cloak is embroidered, and a pattern of intertwining leaves is just seen. It is trimmed with a thick white and black fur and fastened with broad, glittering braids and knots. The scene is framed by a draped curtain which is tied back; to reveal a painted backdrop depicting the grand latticed naves of Westminster Abbey (where the Coronation ceremony had taken place shortly before this sitting).

Place of Origin

Buckingham Palace (photographed)

Date

02/06/1953 (photographed)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

photography

Marks and inscriptions

'B647/52'
Written in blue ink on reverse.

Dimensions

Width: 23.8 cm image, Height: 23.9 cm image, Width: 23.8 cm paper, Height: 23.9 cm paper

Descriptive line

Royal Portrait by Cecil Beaton (1904-1980). Photograph depicting Queen Elizabeth II, Coronation day, Buckingham Palace, 1953.

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

Strong, Roy C. Cecil Beaton: the royal portraits. London: Thames and Hudson, c1988. p. 136

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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