Stephen Tennant by Cecil Beaton (1927/ 1928)

Stephen Tennant (1906 – 1987) was a British socialite known for his decadent lifestyle. During the 1920s and 1930s, Tennant was an important member – the “Brightest”, it is said – of the “Bright Young People”. His friends included Rex Whistler, Cecil Beaton, the Sitwells, Lady Diana Manners and the Mitford girls.

He is widely considered to be the model for Cedric Hampton in Nancy Mitford’s novel Love in a Cold Climate, one of the inspirations for Lord Sebastian Flyte in Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited, and a model for the Hon. Miles Malpractice in some of Waugh’s other novels.

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Portrait of Stephen Tennant by Cecil Beaton, 1927/ 1928 via

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Portrait of Stephen Tennant by Cecil Beaton, 1927/ 1928 via

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Portrait of Stephen Tennant by Cecil Beaton, 1927/ 1928 via

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