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  • Place of origin:

    Buckingham Palace (photographed)

  • Date:

    1942 (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 C

Physical description

Photograph depicting Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II), 1942. Half-length, seated, she is turning to face the camera and smiling. Resting one elbow on the back of her chair, she holds one hand in the other. She wears a uniform (Grenadier Guards) blazer with a brooch on the lapel, and a matching hat decorated with a ribbon, a pearl and a leaf-like emblem. A backdrop depicts an enlarged and adapted section of 'The Gardens of the Villa d'Este at Tivoli', c.1761-62 by the French painter Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732-1806).

Place of Origin

Buckingham Palace (photographed)


1942 (photographed)


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

Materials and Techniques



Width: 19.2 cm image, Width: 19.2 cm paper, Height: 24.2 cm image, Height: 24.2 cm paper

Descriptive line

Royal Portrait by Cecil Beaton (1904-1980). Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II), 1942.

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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