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Evening Talk: Malice in Wonderland – Cecil Beaton and his Friends

Mon. 14 June 2021 at 18:00–19:00


Cecil Beaton, The Bright Young Things at Wilsford, 1927. The Cecil Beaton Studio Archive © The Cecil Beaton Studio Archive

Cecil Beaton (1904-80) was a self-creation. Through the art of photography he rose to become one of the great observers of the Twentieth Century. He also became a designer of costumes and sets for stage, screen, opera and ballet, an artist, a wicked diarist, an arbiter of taste, and a man who moved easily in many varied worlds. As such he captured the passing moment and portrayed the great figures of the age in photographic and pen portraits. In this evening talk, Hugo Vickers, his biographer and literary executor, will explain how Cecil turned himself into this extraordinary figure.

This online talk is part of the programme of events complementing the exhibition Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things, which is open at the Millennium Gallery until Sunday 4th July.

Register via Eventbrite and you will be sent an email with joining details two days before the event.

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