Cecil Beaton

Cecil Beaton (1904-1980) is well-known as a photographer, artist, theatre designer and author. He captured images of the Bright Young Things; his work frequently appeared in Vogue; he travelled to India, the Middle East and China as an official war photographer; he photographed Queen Elizabeth II on her coronation day; he won two Academy Awards for Best Costume Design for Gigi and My Fair Lady. He straddled the twentieth century but remains ever-popular in the twenty-first, with books and exhibitions on his work and life appearing regularly.

During his lifetime Beaton authored over thirty books and provided dust jackets and illustrations for many more. When Beaton died in 1980, Lord Snowdon wrote in a tribute in The Sunday Times:
‘…he was much more than just a photographer. He was a great journalist, wit, commentator and diarist: a 20th-century Pepys using a pen, brush and camera.’

Cecil Beaton The Pen and The Camera

Beaux Books presents CECIL BEATON. THE PEN & THE CAMERA - a catalogue of first edition copies of all the books authored by Cecil Beaton during his lifetime, plus books with dust jackets and illustrations by Beaton, original artwork and ephemera.

Read our interview about the catalogue with The Book Collector


81 Items
Katherine Hepburn as Coco. The New Musical

The programme for the Beaton-designed musical of Coco Chanel.

A Christmas Card from Cecil Beaton

A signed Christmas card, with an original design by Beaton.

A Memorial Service for Sir Cecil Beaton, C.B.E.

The printed service sheet for Beaton's memorial.

A Spode Plate designed by Cecil Beaton

Tableware designed by Beaton for the 'cause of peace'.

A Young Man Comes to London. An Original Short Story

Michael Arlen's short story, illustrated by Cecil Beaton, to celebrate the opening of The Dorchester.

Air of Glory. A Wartime Scrapbook

Cecil Beaton's photographic record of the British people at War.

All At Sea

Cecil Beaton's second dust jacket, created for the Sitwell brothers.

An Indian Album

Cecil Beaton's photographs of war-time India.

Ashcombe. The Story of a Fifteen-Year Lease

A first edition of Beaton's record of his famous Wiltshire country house.

Ashcombe. The Story of a Fifteen-Year Lease [SIGNED]

A signed first edition of Beaton's record of his famous Wiltshire country house.


Beaton's personal account of his love affair with ballet.


Silk-bound limited and signed deluxe edition of Beaton's personal account of his love affair with ballet.

British Photographers

Cecil Beaton's potted history of photography, from the 'Britain in Pictures' series.

Cecil Beaton

Heliogravure prints reproducing some of Cecil Beaton's most iconic portraits.

Cecil Beaton's Fair Lady

Beaton's memoir of his role as the set and costume designer for 'My Fair Lady'.

Cecil Beaton's New York

A first edition of Beaton's witty and glamourous snapshot of Manhattan in the 1930s.

Cecil Beaton's New York [ASSOCIATION COPY]

An association copy of Beaton's snapshot of Manhattan, inscribed to Peter - Watson or Quennell?

Cecil Beaton's New York [DEDICATION COPY]

A dedication copy of Cecil Beaton's New York, warmly inscribed to Mona Harrison Williams.

Cecil Beaton's Scrapbook

The much sought-after second book by Beaton, with the scarce dust jacket.

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