Following sellout shows on Whistler and Constable, Salisbury Museum presents an innovative biographical view of legendary designer, photographer and artist, Sir Cecil Beaton, through his two Wiltshire homes. Simultaneously a retreat, an inspiration and a stage for impressive entertaining, they also fuelled his passion for gardening and delight in village life.
Against re-creations of his extravagant interiors, Beaton’s private life unfolds – the unique talent for self-promotion, desire for theatricality and his uncertain pursuit of love.
This exhibition brings together original photographs, artworks and possessions from both houses with insightful local anecdotes, to present a fascinating picture of Beaton's extraordinary life.
If you would like to walk in the Beaton landscape, please visit www.discoverchalkevalley.org.uk for suggested walks in the areas surrounding Ashcombe and Broad Chalke.
Curated by Andrew Ginger of Beaudesert Ltd, in collaboration with Salisbury Museum.
For a sneak preview of the exhibition and to hear what Hugo Vickers, Cecil Beaton's biographer, has to say, watch our YouTube clip.
A new exhibition of photographs from The Cecil Beaton Studio Archive at Sotheby’s, curated by Jasper Conran, opens at Wilton House on the 18 April 2014.
This exhibition has been kindly supported by Quilter Cheviot, Savills, Sotheby's and Wiltshire Council.