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ID: 500001040
 
Record Type: Person
Beaton, Cecil Walter Hardy (English photographer and scenographer, 1904-1980)

Note: Beaten moved to New York in 1929, and signed a contract for "Vogue" magazine. Many of his images from this period have a fantastic or Surrealistic look. He did not place the emphasis on the person or the clothing, creating instead fanciful backgrounds using materials such as cellophane or mirrors to create an atmospheric effect. During the 1930s he photographed well-known cultural and society figures, such as the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and Queen Elizabeth II. Beaton was commissioned by the Ministry of Information to take photographs of London and British RAF bases during World War II. He produced images of war torn cities, his most famous image of this period being a picture of wounded child clutching a toy, which was chosen for the cover of "Life" magazine in 1941. During the 1950s and 1960s, his work concentrated on mostly the theater and cinema, creating costume and sets for the stage productions of "Gigi" (1958) and "My Fair Lady" (1964). He was knighted in 1971.

Names:
Beaton, Cecil Walter Hardy (preferred,V,index)
Cecil Walter Hardy Beaton (V,display)
Beaton, Cecil (V,LC)
Beaton, Sir Cecil Walter Hardy (V)
Beaton, Sir Cecil (U)

Nationalities:
British (modern) (preferred)
English

Roles:
artist (preferred)
designer
photographer
scenographer

Gender: male

Birth and Death Places:
Born:  London (Greater London, England, United Kingdom) (inhabited place)
Died:  Broad Chalke (Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom) (inhabited place)

Events:
active:   England (United Kingdom) (country)
active:   New York City (New York state, United States) (inhabited place)
active:   Hollywood (Los Angeles, Los Angeles county, California, United States) (neighborhood)

List/Hierarchical Position:
 ....  Persons, Artists
 ........  Beaton, Cecil Walter Hardy (I)

Biographies:
(English photographer and scenographer, 1904-1980) ..... [VP Preferred]
(British photographer, 1904-1980) ..... [AVERY]
(artist, 1904-1980) ..... [GRL]
(English photographer, 1904-1980) ..... [Grove Art]
(British artist, 1904-1980) ..... [WL-Courtauld]
(British photographer, artist, 1904-) ..... [AVERY]
(British artist, 1904-1980) ..... [WCI]
(British, 1904-1980) ..... [JPGM]
(British photographer, designer, 1904-1980) ..... [BHA]
(British artist, 1904-) ..... [WCP]

Sources and Contributors:
Beaton, Cecil ........ [GRL Preferred, WCP Preferred]
............................  Database for the Witt Checklist of Painters c. 1200-1976 (1978-)
............................  Grove Dictionary of Art online (1999-2002) accessed 3 October 2002
............................  Library of Congress Authorities database (n.d.) n 50006451
Beaton, Cecil Walter Hardy ........ [BHA Preferred, JPGM Preferred, WCI Preferred, WL-Courtauld Preferred]
....................................................  Getty Museum, Authority file (2003-)
....................................................  Witt Library, Authority files
Beaton, Sir Cecil ........ [Grove Art Preferred]
...................................  Grove Art artist database (1989-)
Beaton, Sir Cecil Walter Hardy ........ [AVERY Preferred, Grove Art, VP]
...........................................................  Avery Authority files (1963-)
...........................................................  Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals (1963-)
...........................................................  Grove Art artist database (1989-)
Cecil Walter Hardy Beaton ........ [VP]
..................................................  Getty Vocabulary Program rules

Subject: ........ [AVERY, BHA, GRL, Grove Art, JPGM, VP, WCI, WCP, WL-Courtauld]
....................  Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals (1963-)
....................  Database for the Witt Checklist of Painters c. 1200-1976 (1978-)
....................  Getty Museum, Authority file (2003-)
....................  Getty Vocabulary Program rules
....................  Grove Art artist database (1989-)
....................  Grove Dictionary of Art online (1999-2002) accessed 3 October 2002
....................  Hall-Duncan, Fashion Photography (1979)
....................  LCNAF Library of Congress Name Authority File [n.d.]
....................  Library of Congress Authorities database (n.d.)
....................  Library of Congress Authorities online (2002-) NAFL7999084
....................  NY Times obit. 19 Jan 1980
....................  Parry, Photography Index (1979)
....................  Witt Library, Authority files
....................  Wood, Surreal Things: Surrealism and Design (2007) 352
 
Note:
English .......... [VP, WL-Courtauld]
.......... 20th-Century Photography (1996) 43
.......... Grove Dictionary of Art online (1999-2002) "Beaton, Sir Cecil (Walter Hardy)." Accessed 05/01/02
.......... LCNAF Library of Congress Name Authority File [n.d.]
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