Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things




Closed until further notice

This major new exhibition explores the extravagant world of the glamorous and stylish ‘Bright Young Things’ of the twenties and thirties, seen through the eye of renowned British photographer Cecil Beaton.  It will bring to life a deliriously eccentric, glamorous and creative era of British cultural life, combining High Society and the avant-garde, artists and writers, socialites and partygoers.

Featuring the leading cast of the ‘Bright Young Things’, many of whom Beaton would call friends – Anna May Wong, Oliver Messel and Stephen Tennant among others, this show charts Beaton’s transformation from middle-class suburban schoolboy to glittering society figure and the unrivalled star of Vogue. In addition to Beaton’s own portraits, the exhibition also features paintings by friends and artists including Rex Whistler, Henry Lamb, and Augustus John.

Duration 12 March 2020 - 07 June 2020
Times daily 10.00 – 18.00/ Friday until 21.00
Cost £18-20
Venue National Portrait Gallery
Address St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE
Contact / archiveenquiry@npg.org.uk / www.npg.org.uk

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