Cecil Beaton

Event date | Feb 27, 2017


Monday 27th February 2017 at 6.30 pm in the Small Hall at Chelsea Old Town Hall

Andrew Ginger will be interviewed by Peter York* about his book



Cecil Beaton (1904-1980) was one of twentieth-century Britain’s Renaissance men: photographer, costume designer, set designer, playwright, creator of fashion fabrics, and writer on raffiné interiors and the personalities who inhabited them. He also happened to be a fine interior decorator.

Cecil Beaton at Home focuses on two homes dear to Beaton’s heart – Ashcombe House, near the Wiltshire village of Tollard Royal, and Reddish House, in Broad Chalke, another village in the same county, as well as London’s Pelham Place and Beaton’s New York hotel suites. Simultaneously a retreat, an inspiration, a photographer’s studio, and a stage for impressive entertaining,

Beaton’s country homes also fuelled his passion for art, gardening, and delight in village life. Against his often-extravagant interiors, Beaton’s private life unfolds his unique talent for self-promotion, desire for theatricality, and uncertain pursuit of love.

*Peter York   is an author and broadcaster, best known for writing Harpers & Queen’s “The Official Sloane Ranger Handbook” with Ann Barr.

Admission £10 (including wine after the lecture) for advance bookings.  The Cadogan Hall have kindly agreed to act as our box office so you can book by phone on 0207-730-4500, or by sending a cheque payable to Cadogan Hall, at Sloane Terrace, London SW1X 9DQ, (with a copy of this notice), or by visiting their Box Office in person.  Normal Box Office hours are Mon-Sat 10-6. There is a small charge for card bookings

People who have not booked in advance will be admitted on payment of £12 (subject to availability of seating)

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