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Royal Presentation Portrait of H.M. Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, 1949
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Royal Presentation Portrait of H.M. Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, 1949

Measurements: Overall: 36.5cm (14.5in) x 23cm (9in)



Black and white  full length portrait photograph by Cecil Beaton, signed in pencil on the mount lower right by the photographer and by the Queen Mother, ‘Elizabeth R /1949’ in the lower mount.
The Queen Mother is shown wearing Oriental Circlet tiara and Queen Victoria’s 1856 Fringe brooch. Contained in a easel backed silver glazed frame. Hallmarked 1911.

Sir Cecil Beaton, C.B.E. (1904-80) ranks amongst the most important photographers of the 20th century, and is best known for his fashion photographs and society portraits. He worked as a staff photographer for Vanity Fair and Vogue in addition to photographing celebrities in Hollywood. He was further acclaimed as a stage and screen costume and set designer on both sides of the Atlantic, earning himself Academy Awards in 1958 and 1968. He was educated at Heath Mount School (where he was bullied by Evelyn Waugh), at Harrow and St John’s College Cambridge. Having rejected the security of paid employment in his family’s timber business, he joined Vogue in 1927 and set up his own studio. One of his earliest clients was the flamboyant society figure Stephen Tennant. Beaton's photographs of Tennant and his circle are considered some of the best representations of the Bright Young People of the twenties and thirties. During the Second World War he was employed by the Ministry of Information and produced influential images of the war on the home front. Beaton often photographed the Royal Family for official publication. Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother was reportedly his favourite Royal sitter.