Cecil BeatonLady Pamela Smith, 1927

Purple inkwash signature on mountInscribed ‘Lady Pamela Smith’ and stamped with Sotheby’s Cecil Beaton studio archive ink stamp on reverse

Vintage silver gelatin print, mounted on card, printed 1920s

11.75 × 9 inches

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Purple inkwash signature on mountInscribed ‘Lady Pamela Smith’ and stamped with Sotheby’s Cecil Beaton studio archive ink stamp on reverse

Vintage silver gelatin print, mounted on card, printed 1920s

11.75 × 9 inches

Print

A vintage and unique silver gelatin print of socialite Lady Pamela Smith, printed 1920s. This print has a purple inkwash signature on the mount. Inscribed ‘Lady Pamela Smith’ and stamped with Sotheby’s Cecil Beaton studio archive ink stamp on reverse.

Framing

For this picture, we recommend book-mounting the print in a wide passepartout and framing in a black wooden box. It is widely accepted as the most traditional way to frame photography—especially rare or vintage works—giving visual priority to the image and yet fitting stylishly into most interiors. Other options are of course available. All our frames are handmade by one of the UK's leading framing workshops, and are constructed to museum standards. Please note that prices do not include local taxes, framing or shipping.

Shipping

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Artwork In Detail

Cecil Beaton was a British photographer and designer best known for his elegant photographs of high society. Working within a cinematic approach, his black-and-white images are characterised by their staged poses and imaginative sets. His fascination with glamour led him to photograph many famous faces from Hollywood, the theatre world and the British royal family.

 

    Cecil Beaton

    Lady Pamela Smith, 1927

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    Cecil Beaton

    UK

    B. 1904

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    The Artist

    Cecil Beaton (1904 – 1980) was born in Hampstead, London, to a wealthy family. For a brief period, he assisted at photographer Paul Tanqueray’s studio, although his practice was mostly self-taught. Beaton’s career took off in the mid 1920s, after his first solo exhibition in London won him a contract with Vogue magazine. He worked as a photographer and illustrator at Vogue for 30 years, while contributing to numerous other publications such as Condé Nast and Vanity Fair. After becoming court photographer to the British Royal Family, Beaton soon established a career as one of the leading fashion and portrait photographers of his generation. His work can be found in The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the National Portrait Gallery in London, among others. 

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