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Cecil Beaton Celebrating Celebrity, Blenheim Palace

17 May 2021 - 1 August 2021


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Blenheim Palace will host the exhibition Cecil Beaton, Celebrating Celebrity from 17 May until 1 August, 2021.

Some 50 iconic images by the British photographer will be on display throughout Blenheim Palace’s State Rooms.

These will include portraits of celebrities from Marilyn Monroe to Audrey Hepburn and Barbara Streisand, as well as Picasso, Coco Chanel and Marlon Brando.

First shown in the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, the exhibition was created by Dasha Panaiotti. It was the first Russian retrospective to Beaton.

Audrey Hepburn photographed by Cecil Beaton
Audrey Hepburn photographed by Cecil Beaton

Cecil Beaton, Celebrating Celebrity has been brought to Blenheim Palace with the support of the Hermitage Foundation UK.

About Cecil Beaton

The fashion and celebrity photographer’s career spanned five decades from the 1920s, focussing on ballet, fashion and social portraits before becoming the Royal Family’s official photographer.

A regular visitor to Blenheim, Beaton was an accomplished artist, interior designer and Academy Award-winning costume designer – scooping Oscars for My Fair Lady and Gigi.

About Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace
Blenheim Palace

The site has been the property of the Dukes of Marlborough since 1705, with the 12th Duke of Marlborough currently living at Blenheim Palace. Designed in the English Baroque style of the early 18th century, Blenheim was built between 1705 and 1722.

Queen Anne intended it as a gift to John Churchill, the First Duke of Marlborough, for his deeds at the Battle of Blenheim (or Blindheim) in the War of the Spanish Succession. The 41-metre-high Column of Victory that overlooks Capability Brown’s parkland is dedicated to the Duke. The Palace was designated a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1987.

Read more about Blenheim Palace for All Seasons

When is Cecil Beaton, Celebrating Celebrity?

17 May to 1 August, 2021. Entrance is free with a ticket for the Palace, Park and Gardens.

Where is Blenheim Palace?

Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1UL.

More information on Cecil Beaton, Celebrating Celebrity

For more information and to book click here. Cover image: Barbara Streisland photographed by Cecil Beaton.


17 May 2021
1 August 2021


Blenhem Palace
Oxford,OX20 1PPUnited Kingdom
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Before setting up Travel Begins at 40, Mark was the publisher of AsiaLIFE Cambodia and a freelance travel writer. When he is not packing and unpacking his travelling bag, Mark writes novels, including To Cook A Spider and Peppered Justice. He loves walking, eating, tasting beer, isolation and arthouse movies, as well as talking to strangers on planes, buses and trains whenever possible. Most at home when not at home.

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