Sunday the 26th March at 4.30 pmCecil Beaton at Home, written by local Author Andrew Ginger. Tickets are £6.50 which includes a Cream Tea.
Tickets available from Beatons Tearooms in Blandford, or just give us a call to book on 01258 269515
Book signing, readings and a question and answer session also your opportunity to purchase this beautifully presented book with 10% off.
Cecil Beaton at Home, written by local author Andrew Ginger, focuses on two homes that Cecil Beaton loved and spent many years in.
Ashcombe House, near the Wiltshire village of Tollard Royal, and Reddish House, located in Broad Chalke, another village in beautiful Wiltshire.
We also discover some of the splendours at London's Pelham Place and Beatons New York hotel suites.
We see that Beatons country homes were not only havens to escape and seek inspiration for his photography and other artistic pursuits.
But also, and maybe more so, they were designed to provide a theatrical, fanciful yet always beautiful surrounding for Beaton to entertain his equally artistic companions.
Against his often-extravagant interiors, Beatons private life unfolds his unique talent for self-promotion, desire for theatricality, and the uncertain pursuit of love.
'One can't get on at all if one doesn't have a little glamour about one's home'
This lavishly illustrated visual biography brings together original photographs, artworks, and possessions from his interiors to present an intimate picture of Beaton s extraordinary life.