Cecil Beaton was a British Photographer, interior designer and stage designer.
The house he occupied until 1945 at Ashcombe, Wiltshire, near friend Edith Olivier was decorated with limited funds using exaggerated baroque furniture. The walls of the ‘Circus Bedroom’ were painted by visiting artist friends, including Rex Whistler and Oliver Messel, in a kind of Surrealistic overstatement.
He published The Book of Beauty (1930) and memoirs in a Scrapbook (1937); during the most of the 1930’s he worked for Conde Naste, publishers of Vogue and Vanity Fair.
During World War 2 he was a war photographer for the British Ministry of Information working in Africa and India.
In his later years, Beaton rented for a short time each year a suite at the St Regis Hotel, New York which he decorated and