10 November 2005
This lot is offered without a reserve
SIR CECIL BEATON, C.B.E. (1904-1980)
Lily Elsie in 'The Merry Widow', a fantasy circa 1937
signed 'Beaton' (lower right)
black ink, watercolour and bodycolour on grey paper
16 x 14 in. (40.7 x 35.5 cm.)
Miss Letitia Fearnley-Whittingstall, first cousin to Cecil Beaton, a bequest in the artist's will.
Cecil Beaton Studio Sale, the property of Miss Eileen Hose, Christie's, London, 7 June 1984, lot 50 (part lot).
Michael Parkin Gallery, London, where purchased by the present owner.
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C. Beaton, Scrapbook, London, 1937, p. 50, illustrated.
Lily Elsie, star of Franz Lehar's musical, The Merry Widow, was Beaton's first theatrical heroine. Of her he wrote, 'Lily Elsie wrapped the whole of my childhood in a haze and since then has never failed to cast off her spell'.
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