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1968 (photographed)
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Brief description
Royal Portrait by Cecil Beaton (1904-1980). Photograph depicting Queen Elizabeth II, Buckingham Palace, 1968.
  • Image width: 41cm
  • Image height: 41cm
  • Paper width: 42.5cm
  • Paper height: 42.4cm
Gallery label
Queen Elizabeth II, Buckingham Palace 1968 The photograph of the Queen wearing the Admiral's Boat Cloak against a blue backdrop was powerful in its simplicity. It was one of the highlights of over 500 photographs by Beaton exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in 1968. Beaton eliminated the magnificent regalia and sparkling gowns seen in other portraits to produce a contemplative and timeless image of the monarch. C-type print, printed 1987 V&A: Ph.318-1987 (2012)
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Bequeathed to the Museum in 1987 by Eileen Hose, secretary to the photographer
Cecil Beaton photographed members of the royal family from 1930-1979.
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Record createdJune 8, 2009
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