Cecil Beaton: The Royal Portraits.
Strong, Roy; Beaton, Cecil.
Place Published: New York:
Publisher: Simon & Schuster,
Date Published: 1988.
Description: 4to - over 9" - 12" tall. FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING (1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2). 226 pages with index. Includes more than 200 color and black and white photos. The book and jacket are in NEAR FINE condition with inscription on the half title page and minor shelfwear to jacket. JMVintage specializes in books, magazines and treasures related to the Duke and Duchess of Windsor...and other curious people. Dust jacket reads: An enthralling collection of the finest portraits ever created of the twentieth century's most famous family, this volume will delight everyone who has ever been captivated by the magic of monarchy. Over a period of nearly fifty years Cecil Beaton photographed almost every member of the Royal House of Windsor. His friendship with Wallis Warfield Simpson led to his taking the photographs for her marriage to the Duke of Windsor in 1937, and he naturally assumed that such a connectino would bar him from further royal commissions. Instead, George VI and Queen Elizabeth chose him to create an entirely new image for the Royal Family. In a sereis of enchanting photographs he transformed the Queen into a figure from a Victorian fairytale. This romantic treatment was developed over the next twenty years, reaching its climax with the splendid pageantry of Elizabeth II's Coronation, for which Beaton was the official photographer. In the decade that followed he produced portraits of a sumptuously regal glamour that has never been matched, and then, as the Royal Family sought a more relaxed image in the 1960s, Beaton responded with a series of charming informal studies of the Queen and her young children. The photographs in this book have been selected from nearly ten thousand vintage prints preserved in his private archive. The Royal Family has given permission for unpublished photographs to appear here for the first time. Here too are contact sheets, working proofs, and snapshots of Beaton at work, which provide a fascinating insight in the way in which he fashioned the image of the monarchy. Extracts from Beaton's unpublished diaries offer witty and candid accounts of his royal sittings, and Roy Strong, drawing on his friendship with the photographer, tells the story of the most successful union ever forged between crown and camera.Edition: First edition
Binding: Hard Cover
Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj
Book Id: 6159