Curtis Moffat, 'Cecil Beaton'

Curtis Moffat, 'Cecil Beaton'

Curtis Moffat
'Cecil Beaton'
About 1925
Gelatin silver print
Museum no. E.1557-2007
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Estate of Curtis Moffat

Moffat photographed Cecil Beaton (1904-1980) often and engagingly. Like Moffat, Beaton was a society photographer and personality intimately connected with the 'bright young things' of the 1920s, but he later achieved much greater fame and became photographer to the royal family. Beaton would later recollect Moffat as:

A gentle, quiet, easy-going man with velvet eyes and enormous charm, Curtis Moffat was the most Europeanised of Americans. He seemed to be only 'at home' in the quietness of his book-filled rooms. But appearances are deceptive; in fact he was the centre of enormous creative activity. Not only did Curtis Moffat run an avant-garde picture gallery, but he was also a talented painter himself, and he filled the nobly appointed rooms of a huge house, 4 Fitzroy Square, with his collections of Chinese objects and African sculpture.