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cecil-beaton-signed-coronation-photograph

August 17, 2015

Big fan of Beaton. The style reminds me of those wonderful Powell & Pressburger films; in a way we’re in Red Shoes territory here: the theatrical Neo-Romanticsm of the late 1940’s and early 1950’s. Beaton was harking back to the formal court portraiture of William Beachey, Joshua Reynolds and Franz Xaver Winterhalter. I try to avoid using the word ‘iconic’ (overused, I fear), but if there was ever a genuine time to use it, this would be the moment. A terrific image.