Includes correspondence, diaries, notebooks, typescripts and one photograph.
Papers of Sir Cecil Beaton
- This material is held at
- ReferenceGB 275 Beaton
- Dates of Creation1917–1980
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish Italian
- Physical Description46 boxes paper; photograph
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Photographer, artist, writer, and designer of scenery and costumes. Educated at Harrow and St John's College, Cambridge, 1922-5. Made his name as a photographer through portraits of the Sitwells. Employed by Vogue in London and New York. Published 'The Book of Beauty' (1930). Photographed the Duke of Windsor's wedding, 1937. War photographer, 1939-45. Designed 'Lady Windermere's Fan', 1945. Designed costumes for 'An Ideal Husband' and 'Anna Karenina', 1948. Worked on 'The School for Scandal', 1949, 'Quadrille' for Noel Coward, 1952, 'Turandot', 1961, and 'La Traviata', 1966. Designed costumes for 'My Fair Lady', 1956, and for the film version in Hollywood, 1963. His play 'The Gainsborough Girls', 1951 and 1959, was unsuccessful. Published 'The Glass of Fashion' (1954), and six volumes of diaries. Exhibited photographs at the National Portrait Gallery, 1968. Knighted 1972.
Access to some of the diaries is restricted.
Presented to the College by Beaton's literary executors, 1986.
Preferred citation: St John's College Library, Papers of Sir Cecil Beaton
31 Jul 2017
Conditions Governing Use
Copyright in Beaton's work rests with his literary executors.