Sunday 25 September



Malice in Wonderland: Cecil Beaton and his friends

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.

Hugo Vickers, his biographer and literary executor, explains how Cecil turned himself into this extraordinary figure.  He recalls Cecil’s association with the Mitfords and his visits to Chatsworth. And he muses on some of the figures illustrated in the current exhibition at Chatsworth– Never A Bore: Deborah Devonshire and her set by Cecil Beaton.

Hugo Vickers is a well-known biographer of 20th Century figures.  He has lectured about Cecil Beaton all over the world.

Never A Bore: Deborah Devonshire and her Set by Cecil Beaton
On display in the New Gallery until 3 January 2017 

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