Hugo Vickers

Hugo Vickers

Cecil Beaton: Portraits and Profiles

Friday 26 September 2014

1 Hour


Blenheim Palace: The Marlborough Room



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Biographer, lecturer and broadcaster Hugo Vickers introduces a new edition of portraits and profiles by one of the most celebrated portrait photographers of the 20th century, Sir Cecil Beaton. Beaton was a fashion, war and portrait photographer, a diarist, a painter, an interior designer and an Academy Award-winning stage and costume designer. His images often flattered their subjects but his diaries and essays did not always follow suit.

This new edition of his portraits and profiles is edited by Vickers, his official biographer and literary executor. It includes portraits and profiles of Mick Jagger, Marlon Brando, Maria Callas, Coco Chanel, Greta Garbo, Audrey Hepburn, Salvador Dali and Marilyn Monroe. The images and profiles capture a series of eras from the roaring twenties, through the war years to the sixties style revolution.

Vickers has written biographies of many 20th-century figures including the Queen Mother; Gladys, Duchess of Marlborough; Cecil Beaton; Vivien Leigh; and Greta Garbo. He features regularly in broadcasts on royal occasions.

Sponsored by the Savoy.