Explore the extravagant world of the glamorous and stylish ‘Bright Young Things’ of the 1920s and 1930s, seen through the eye of renowned British photographer Cecil Beaton.
The exhibition brings to life a deliriously eccentric, glamorous and creative era of British cultural life, combining High Society and the avant-garde, artists and writers, socialites and partygoers.
Featuring the leading cast of the ‘Bright Young Things’, many of whom Beaton would call friends – Anna May Wong, Oliver Messel and Stephen Tennant among others, this show will chart Beaton’s transformation from middle-class surburban schoolboy to glittering society figure and the unrivalled star of Vogue.
In addition to Beaton’s own portraits, the exhibition will also feature paintings by friends and artists including Rex Whistler, Henry Lamb, and Augustus John.
You can learn all about Beaton and the bohemian lifestyle of the Bright Young Things through four films on the National Gallery’s website, where curator Robin Muir takes you through the exhibition and on a trip to the Roaring Twenties.