About Cecil Beaton, Celebrating Celebrity Exhibition at Blenheim Palace
Blenheim Palace is hosting a range of iconic photographs by British fashion and portrait photographer Cecil Beaton.
Beaton, best known for his elegant photographs of high society, was a familiar guest at the Palace, attending parties and weekend breaks alongside a host of aristocrats, artists and writers.
The images feature huge 20th-century figures from Picasso and Salvador Dali to Marilyn Monroe, Mick Jagger, and members of the Royal Family, including the Queen, Princess Margaret and Prince Charles.
In total, the exhibition features more than 50 stunning images and profiles spanning six decades from the Roaring Twenties to the Seventies.
The Cecil Beaton, Celebrating Celebrity Exhibition at Blenheim Palace, is in partnership with Hermitage Foundation UK.
This exhibition is displayed in the Palace State Rooms. Pre-booking essential for all visits.
Palace, Park & Gardens or an Annual Pass. Free with Annual Pass.
Left: Audrey Hepburn on the set of My Fair Lady wearing a costume designed by Cecil Beaton, 1963
Beaton photographed Audrey Hepburn on the set of My Fair Lady, the Hollywood film version of the musical inspired by George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion. He was invited to work on the picture as costume designer. Beaton’s contribution to the story of a working-class girl who is given entry into high society through elocution lessons earned him an Oscar.
Right: Barbra Streisand On the set of On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, 1970
The cover of Streisand: In the Camera Eye (Abrams); photographed by Cecil Beaton. Photo: Courtesy of the Cecil Beaton Studio Archive at Sotheby’s