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Cecil Walter Hardy Beaton artwork • watercolour • drawing • for sale A scene from the play The Importance of being Earnest: Miss Prism and Cecily

Beaton C.W.H.  | Cecil Walter Hardy Beaton | Watercolours and drawings offered for sale | A scene from the play The Importance of being Earnest: Miss Prism and Cecily, Indian ink and watercolour on paper 46.5 x 49.5 cm, signed l.r.

Cecil Walter Hardy Beaton

A scene from the play The Importance of being Earnest: Miss Prism and Cecily
Indian ink and watercolour on paper 46.5 x 49.5 cm, signed l.r.

This work on paper is for sale.

Price: € 3,800

Provenance: Richard Hagen Fine Arts, Broadway (Worcs.), Groot-Brittannië, inv.nr. G 509.
Literature: O. Wilde, 'The Importance of being Earnest, with illustrations by Cecil Beaton', The Folio Society, Londen 1960, pag. 34 (met afb.); tent.cat. Chichester, Groot-Brittannië, 'The Painter and the Stage', 1962, cat.nr. 3.
Exhibited: Chichester, Groot-Brittannië, 'The Painter and the Stage', juli 1962.

In the 1940s and 1950s, the artist Cecil Beaton gained fame mainly as a photographer of the British aristocracy, the Parisian fashion world and well-known film stars, artists, writers, actors and singers. Obsessed with all things glamor and theater, he started photographing at an early age. In 1927 he had his first exhibition and became a photographer for the fashion magazine Vogue. In 1956 Beaton started designing theater sets and costumes. He became known to the general public for his participation in the 1964 film adaptation of the musical My Fair Lady, starring Audrey Hepburn. In 1972 the artist was knighted by the Queen of England for his entire oeuvre. This watercolor is one of the illustrations for an edition of the Folio Society of Oscar Wilde's play The Importance of being Earnest, released in a limited edition in 1960. It is the scene where the governess Miss Prim says to her pupil Cecily, 'Memory my dear Cecily, is the diary we all carry about with us'.


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