Cecil Beaton was a photographer and scenographer.
He was born on 14 January 1904 in Hampstead,
Beaton went to Harrow and then moved on to
His talent as a photographer was quickly recognised and he became the photographer for Vogue, Vanity Fair, photographing the high society and royalty.
During the Second World War, Beaton was assigned by the Ministry of Information to recording images from the home front.
In 1972 he was knighted, but shortly after he suffered a stroke that left the right side of his body permanently paralysed. Although he was still able to carry on with his photography, having his cameras specially adapted, he became increasingly frustrated by the restraints the stroke had put upon his work.
He died on18 January 1980, aged 76, at his home ‘Reddish House’, Broad Chalke in Wiltshire.