Cecil Beaton Prints

Cecil Beaton, one of Britain's most celebrated photographers, was the longest-serving high-profile photographer to cover the Second World War. To coincide with the major exhibition Cecil Beaton: Theatre of War at IWM London which runs until 1 January 2013, more of Beaton's photographs from our collections have been added to IWM Prints.
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Eileen Dunne, aged three, sits in bed with her doll at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children, after being injured during an air raid on London in September 1940.  Beaton Cecil  © IWM (MH 26395)

Air Raid Victim by Cecil Beaton. Eileen Dunne, aged three, sits in bed with her doll at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children, after being injured during an air raid on London in September 1940

Two Battle of Britain fighter pilots, Flight Lieutenant Brian Kingcome (left), commanding officer of No 92 Squadron RAF and his wingman, Flying Officer Geoffrey Wellum, next to a Spitfire at RAF Biggin Hill, Kent, 1941

holdhard: “ Two Battle of Britain fighter pilots, Flight Lieutenant Brian Kingcome (left), commanding officer of No 92 Squadron RAF and his wingman, Flying Officer Geoffrey Wellum, next to a Spitfire.

Cecil Beaton photograph of a British soldier drinking tea next to a Red Cross mobile tea wagon at Calcutta airport in 1944.  Beaton Cecil  © IWM (IB 1882)

Beaton Cecil -- Cecil Beaton photograph of a British soldier drinking tea next to a Red Cross mobile tea wagon at Calcutta airport in 1944

The Royal Air Force: The rear gunner in his position in a Wellington bomber.  Beaton, Cecil  © IWM (D 4736)

Cecil Beaton Photographs- General The Royal Air Force: The rear gunner in his position in a Wellington bomber.

A British sailor on shore leave waits for transport away from the dockside, Harwich, 1941  Beaton, Cecil  © Crown Copyright: IWM (HU 112272)

A British sailor on shore leave, Harrogate, 1941 Photograph: Cecil Beaton/Imperial War Museum

The Chinese Police Force; the Assistant Chief of Police and his staff grouped in a circular doorway at headquarters in Chengtu.  Beaton Cecil  © IWM (IB 2439C)

Cecil Beaton -- The Chinese Police Force; the Assistant Chief of Police and his staff grouped in a circular doorway at headquarters in Chengtu.

The western bell towers of St Paul's Cathedral in London seen through an archway after the heavy incendiary raid of 29 December 1940.  Beaton, Cecil  © IWM (MH 2718)

MH The Home Front 1940 The western bell towers of St Paul's Cathedral in London seen through an archway after the heavy incendiary raid of 29 December 1940

A soldier battling his way through a sandstorm in the Western Desert during 1942.  Beaton, Cecil  © IWM (CBM 1358)

A soldier battling his way through a sandstorm in the Western Desert during Beaton, Cecil © IWM (CBM

Ground crew overhaul the engine of a RAF Airspeed Oxford in a maintenance hanger, Britain, 1941

Ground crew overhaul the engine of a RAF Airspeed Oxford in a maintenance hanger, Britain, Beaton, Cecil

A British sailor uses a sewing machine to repair a signal flag on board the armed merchant cruiser HMS ALCANTARA en route to Sierra Leone, 1942  Beaton, Cecil  © Crown Copyright: IWM (CBM 1049)

A Royal Navy sailor on board HMS Alcantara uses a portable sewing machine to repair a signal flag during a voyage to Sierra Leone, March © Cecil Beaton/The Imperial War Museum/Courtesy of the Brooklyn Museum

A Cecil Beaton photograph of the navigator working at his chart table in an RAF Stirling bomber, 1941.

The Royal Air Force: The navigator working at his chart table in a Wellington bomber. A Cecil Beaton photograph of the navigator working at his chart table in an RAF Stirling bomber,

China 1944: A small boy posing with his fan above his head in Chengtu.  Beaton, Cecil  © IWM (IB 2531C)

China A small boy posing with his fan above his head in Chengtu. by Beaton, Cecil.

A study of a young woman welder . She is posing for the photographer, leaning against a column. In the background a ship under construction can be seen in a slipway.  Beaton Cecil  © IWM (DB 62)

WWII home front women A study of a young woman welder . She is posing for the photographer, leaning against a column. In the background a ship under construction can be seen in a slipway.

Cecil Beaton reflected in an ornamental mirror in the Parshwanath Jain Temple, Calcutta, India, 1944  Beaton, Cecil  © Crown Copyright: IWM (IB 2357)

Cecil Beaton reflected in an ornamental mirror in the Parshwanath Jain Temple, Calcutta, India, 1944 Beaton, Cecil © Crown Copyright: IWM (IB

Political Personalities: Three quarter length portrait of Princess Durri Shehvar Berar, only daughter of the former Sultan of Turkey, photographed wearing a jewelled sari in India.  Beaton, Cecil  © IWM (IB 783)

Princess Durru Shehvar Berar, only daughter of the former Sultan of Turkey, photographed wearing a jewelled sari in India. Princess Durru Shehvar Berar, only daughter of the former Sultan of Turkey, photographed wearing a jewelled sari in India.

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