Cecil Beaton's Career – A Talk by Hugo Vickers at Blenheim Palace
Mon, 16 Aug | Woodstock

Cecil Beaton's Career – A Talk by Hugo Vickers at Blenheim Palace

We are excited to announce that Hugo Vickers, foremost authority on Cecil Beaton and author of the recent, much praised Cecil Beaton: Malice in Wonderland, has agreed to talk to us about this fascinating man at Blenheim Palace, in conjunction with the current Beaton exhibition.


16 Aug, 10:30
Woodstock, Woodstock OX20 1PP, UK


This talk tells the story of Cecil Beaton, an extraordinary self-creation and a man who remains as relevant now as he was in life.  He was one of those life-enhancers who gave people something to dream about and he was much more than just a photographer. A Renaissance man, who designed for stage, opera, film and ballet, collecting three Oscars on the way, he also produced books on photography and ballet and during World War Two he traveled in  the Near and Far East  recording the work of soldiers and airmen, turning the artefacts of war into objects of beauty.  He was an arbiter of fashion and a man of great personal style. He met and photographed almost everyone of interest in the 20th century.

Having just published his masterterful portrait of Beaton 'Cecil Beaton: Malice in Wonderland' , Hugo must be the foremost authority on the man and Age Unlimited cannot thank him enough for this exciting talk.

The day includes coffee etc on arrival at 10.30am, Hugo's talk, entry into the Palace and an exhibition of work relating to Beatons theatrical work in the 1950's including My Fair Lady and designs for Frederick Ashton and Balanchine. There will also be a private sandwich lunch in the  Marlborough Room.

Because of current Covid rules, the places are limited although this may change after 19th July. Tickets cost £95pp.

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