London. National Portrait Gallery. 2020. First edition, first printing. Illustrated paper-covered hardback, with title debossed on front board. 280 pages. Illustrated profusely throughout. 285 x 255mm (11¼ x 10"). 1.8kg. 9781855147720. English. Fine; as new (in publisher's shrink-wrap).
The catalogue for the exhibition Cecil Beaton's Bright Young Thingsheld at the National Portrait Gallery, London. The catalogue is generously illustrated with Beaton's portrait photographs and features a roll call of the Bright Young People of the inter-War years. Here is Stephen Tennant, Rex Whistler, Lady Diana Cooper, Tallulah Bankhead, Allanah Harper, Oliver Messel, the Jungman sisters, to name a few. The portraits are accompanied by Muir's text on each sitter and quotes from Beaton's own writings.
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