Photographer, writer, designer, decorator and diarist: Cecil Beaton redefined the concept of the polymath for the modern era. From a relatively humble background, he vaulted into the upper echelons of British Society at the height of the Roaring Twenties when, as a flamboyant aesthete fresh out of Cambridge, he made a name for himself with wild and innovative photographs of the Bright Young Things. This two-day course opens a window onto the vibrancy, creativity, glamour and sheer fun of Beaton’s world between the wars. Timed to coincide with the major exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London, it includes privileged access to the Cecil Beaton Archive at Sotheby’s.
This course includes:
- Certificate of participation on completion of the course;
- Lectures with time for questions and discussion;
- A visit to the Cecil Beaton Archive held by Sotheby's;
- Learning in the Institute's historic Georgian townhouse campus at the heart of Bloomsbury.