Vintage Portraits of British Princesses by Cecil Beaton

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Princess Elizabeth by Cecil Beaton, Gelatin silver print, Buckingham Palace, March 1945. Museum no. E.1361-2010, © V&A Images via

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Princess Margaret by Cecil Beaton bromide print, 1950 20 3/4 in. x 15 7/8 in. (527 mm x 403 mm) Purchased, 1987 NPG P349 © V&A Images via

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Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent by Cecil Beaton bromide print on white card mount, 1939 9 7/8 in. x 8 in. (252 mm x 203 mm) Given by Cecil Beaton, 1968 NPG x21151 © V&A Images via

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Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester by Cecil Beaton bromide print on white card mount, 1961 8 3/4 in. x 5 7/8 in. (223 mm x 150 mm) Given by Cecil Beaton, 1968
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Surreal Vignette by Cecil Beaton (1936)

Ruth Ford (1911-2009) was an American model and stage and film actress. As a model she posed for Harper’s, Town and Country and Mademoiselle. She was best known for the salon she created at her beautiful, art-lined Manhattan apartment, frequented by the likes of William Faulkner, Cecil Beaton, Truman Capote and Andy Warhol (source).

Her brother was the bohemian surrealist Charles Henri Ford.

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Cecil Beaton Surreal Vignette, Ruth Ford with tapemeasure. 1936 via

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Cecil Beaton Surreal Vignette, Ruth Ford with tapemeasure. 1936 via

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Cecil Beaton Surreal Vignette, Ruth Ford with tapemeasure. 1936 via

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Cecil Beaton Surreal Vignette, Ruth Ford with tapemeasure. 1936 via

Graceful and Elegant Photos of Greta Garbo by Cecil Beaton (1946)

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Greta Garbo by Cecil Beaton, 1946 © Cecil Beaton Studio Archive, Sotheby’s London via

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Greta Garbo by Cecil Beaton, 1946 © Cecil Beaton Studio Archive, Sotheby’s London via

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Greta Garbo by Cecil Beaton, 1946 © Cecil Beaton Studio Archive, Sotheby’s London via

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Greta Garbo by Cecil Beaton, 1946 © Cecil Beaton Studio Archive, Sotheby’s London via

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Greta Garbo by Cecil Beaton, 1946 © Cecil Beaton Studio Archive, Sotheby’s London via

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Greta Garbo by Cecil Beaton, 1946 © Cecil Beaton Studio Archive, Sotheby’s London via

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Greta Garbo by Cecil Beaton, 1946 © Cecil Beaton Studio Archive, Sotheby’s London via

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Greta Garbo by Cecil Beaton, 1946 © Cecil Beaton Studio Archive, Sotheby’s London via

Barbara Hutton wearing the amazing Romanov Tiara (1961)

Barbara Woolworth Hutton (November 14, 1912 – May 11, 1979) was an American debutante/socialite, heiress and philanthropist. She was dubbed the “Poor Little Rich Girl”, first when she was given a lavish and expensive debutante ball in 1930, amid the Great Depression, and later due to a notoriously troubled private life.

Over the years she personally acquired a magnificent collection of her own which included the spectrum of arts, porcelain, valuable jewelry, including elaborate historic pieces that had once belonged to Marie Antoinette and Empress Eugénie of France, and important pieces by Fabergé and Cartier. 

Her emerald tiara was made by Cartier from the Grand Duchess Vladimir’s emeralds.

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Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Barbara Hutton wearing The Romanov Tiara. The Romanov Tiara was created with Romanov emeralds in 1947, Sidi Hosni, Tangier, Morocco, 1961 via

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Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Barbara Hutton wearing both the Pasha Diamond Ring and Romanov Tiara. The Romanov Tiara was created with Romanov emeralds in 1947, Sidi Hosni, Tangier, Morocco, 1961 via