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Queen Elizabeth II Portraits by Cecil Beaton

Queen Elizabeth II

Portraits by Cecil Beaton

By Susanna Brown
Photographer Cecil Beaton


Price: $35.00

  • Publication Date: September 1, 2011
  • Imprint: V & A Publishing
  • Trim Size: 8 12 x 10 12
  • ISBN: 978-1-85177-654-2
  • Page Count: 128
  • Illustrations: 30 full-color illustations and 70 black-and-white illustrations
  • Rights: North America

Photographer, costume designer, avid diarist—Cecil Beaton was also a “romantic royalist” whose glittering photographs of Queen Elizabeth II were among the most widely published portraits of the 20th century. This fascinating book explores Beaton’s long relationship with the Queen and the royal family, and describes how his royal portraits shaped the monarchy’s public image from the 1930s to the late 1960s. It is a celebration of Beaton, the enduring flair of his portraits, and the myriad sources of inspiration that resulted in photographs so powerful that they molded the world’s perception of a mother, princess, and monarch.

Praise for Queen Elizabeth II:

“A book embodying a large piece of 20th century history.” —The Palm Beach Post

About the author

Susanna Brown is curator of photographs at the V&A. Her recent V&A exhibitions include The Other Britain Revisited: Photographs from New Society (2010) and Selling Dreams: One Hundred Years of Fashion Photography (2011).