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‘Plagued by depression and a growing mental instability, Tennant became more and more reclusive, rarely leaving his bedroom. His formerly stylish manor was in complete disarray, yet he never lost his unique sense of the fabulous, or his taste for champagne, and continued to dream his idle dreams. ’

Wilsford Manor, Stephen Tennant’s house, photographed by Cecil Beaton, 1938

More Things Than Are Dreamt Of: THE SITWELLS: Dame Edith Sitwell & brothers. Photos by Cecil Beaton, Horst etc.

Edith Sitwell - exuding that Beatonesque haze of timelessness that few can match by Cecil Beaton

PORTRAITS OF STEPHEN TENNANT BY CECIL BEATON

Wilsford Manor, Stephen Tennant’s house, photographed by Cecil Beaton, 1938

Diana Mitford by Cecil Beaton.Cecil Beaton was part of the group in England called The Bright Young Things, a group of both privileged upper class aristocrats and their artistic muses. His photos document this time when the young rebelled for the first time.

The ever elegant Diana Mitford by Cecil Beaton

Cecil Beaton Self portrait.  Sir Cecil Walter Hardy Beaton, CBE was an English fashion and portrait photographer, diarist, painter, interior designer and an Academy Award-winning stage and costume designer for films and the theatre.

Cecil Beaton Self portrait. Sir Cecil Walter Hardy Beaton, CBE was an English fashion and portrait photographer, diarist, painter, interior designer and an Academy Award-winning stage and costume designer for films and the theatre.

Sacheverell Sitwell (1927) :  (funky bookstore - amidst my travels I unearthed a book written by Sacheverell.  Kim was really excited to receive it !!) .....swish dude ;-)

Sacheverell Sitwell : (funky bookstore - amidst my travels I unearthed a book written by Sacheverell.

Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Edith Sitwell,1930's

Dame Edith Louisa Sitwell receiving breakfast in bed at Renishaw Hall (the family home), Photo by Cecil Beaton I Celebs Having Breakfast in Bed, Then to Now: An Homage to Everyone's Favorite Lazy Sunday Ritual

Stephen Tennant in the garden of his house,Wilsford Manor, 1947, aged 41.

Stephen Tennant at his Wilsford Manor, aged 41

Cecil Beaton: costume balls and country house decadence from the 1920s to the 1970s - Telegraph

Cecil Beaton: costume balls and country house decadence from the 1920s to the 1970s

The Countess of Pembroke (Claire) in the Double Cube Room, Wilton House, October 1971 Cecil Beaton

Stephen Tennant photographed by Sir Cecil Beaton at his childhood home, Wilsford Manor, 1938.

The brightest Bright Young Thing whose eccentric style and sensibility caused quite a stir

Osbert Sitwell, photo by Cecil Beaton, 1953

Osbert Sitwell, telling some kids to get off his lawn with his eyes photo by Cecil Beaton, 1953

Stephen Tennant as Prince Charming by Cecil Beaton bromide print, 1927 (via National Portrait Gallery)

Stephen Tennant dressed as Prince Charming Photograph by Cecil Beaton, courtesy of The Cecil Beaton Studio Archive at Sotheby's

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