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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 456

Cecil Beaton photographs


Photographs of scenes from plays by Noel Coward and Arthur Pinero by the British photographer Cecil Beaton.


  • 1943-1952

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


.25 linear feet (1 box)

Silver prints of scenes from This happy breed, Present laughter, and Quadrille by Noel Coward and from The second Mrs. Tanquery by A. W. Pinero.

Biographical / Historical

Beaton (1904-1980) was a British photographer famous for his portraits.


Arranged alphabetically by title of play.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

2003MT-134. Gift of Frederick R. Koch , (A.B. 1955), 825 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10021; received: 1983 December 21.

Beaton, Cecil, 1904-1980. Cecil Beaton photographs, 1943-1952: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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