Exhibition: Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things

This exhibition runs from Thu, 12th Mar 2020 to Sun, 7th Jun 2020. See all dates

This event runs over several days/weeks. Dates include:

12th Mar 2020  
(10am - 6pm)  <– Today
13th Mar 2020  
(10am - 9pm)
14th Mar 2020  
(10am - 6pm)
15th Mar 2020  
(10am - 6pm)
16th Mar 2020  
(10am - 6pm)
17th Mar 2020  
(10am - 6pm)
18th Mar 2020  
(10am - 6pm)

This exhibition has not opened yet. Will open on Thu, 12th Mar 2020

Cost: £20

This major new exhibition will explore the extravagant world of the glamorous and stylish ‘Bright Young Things’ of the twenties and thirties, seen through the eye of renowned British photographer Cecil Beaton. It will bring to life a deliriously eccentric, glamorous and creative era of British cultural life, combining High Society and the avant-garde, artists and writers, socialites and partygoers.

Featuring the leading cast of the ‘Bright Young Things’, many of whom Beaton would call friends – Anna May Wong, Oliver Messel and Stephen Tennant among others, this show will chart Beaton’s transformation from middle-class surburban schoolboy to glittering society figure and the unrivalled star of Vogue. In addition to Beaton’s own portraits, the exhibition will also feature paintings by friends and artists including Rex Whistler, Henry Lamb, and Augustus John.


Every Friday £5 tickets are available to anyone aged under 25. Proof of age will be required.

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St Martin's Place, London,

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