The Face of the World by Cecil Beaton


The Face of the World is a scrapbook and compilation of ‘a decade of revival’, a demonstration of how art and culture had been revitalised after the war years. It contains a mixture of photographs, drawings, and extracts from journals and published articles produced by Beaton in the years from 1945-1956. People… Places… Pleasures… All come under the engaging scrutiny of Cecil Beaton s camera, brush and pen. The title and subtitle of the book (An International Scrapbook of People and Places) reflects the global outlook of the contents. There are articles on London, Paris, New York, Sicily, and Tokyo laid out on hotel notepaper and the Travel Album spreads reproduce photographs taken on visits around the world. The portrait photographs likewise demonstrate an international cast of creatives. The usual suspects are there (including Christian Bérard, Picasso, Diana Cooper, Colette, the Royal Family, Evelyn Waugh, Nancy Mitford and Winston Churchill), but Beaton was keen to ensure that the book was up to the minute and so included images of several contemporary stars, such as Albert Camus, Mary McCarthy, Truman Capote, Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Maria Callas, Marlon Brando, Tennessee Williams, Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon.

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A hardcover edition with cornflower blue cloth boards, black spine, and gilt lettering. There is an illustrated, clipped dust jacket. There is minimal foxing and toning throughout but the text, black-and-white illustrations, drawings and photographs are clear and legible. There is a small area of damage to the title page. There is some light wear and rubbing to the edges of the book and dust cover. Now in a clear, removable cover to protect from damage.

Publisher: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London.

Publication Date: 1957.

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Weight 1.280 kg
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