As this portrait shows Cecil
Beaton was a painter as well as a photographer. Adèle Astaire watercolour on paper painted by Cecil Beaton in 1931.
With her younger brother Fred, Adèle Astaire (1896-1981) was the dance sensation of the Twenties, firstly in American Vaudeville and then on the London and Broadway stages. She dissolved the partnership with her brother in 1932 and Fred’s career became the stuff of cinematic legend. Adèle and Cecil were to become life long friends. He wrote of her in his diary ‘ She is so American and perfect and slim and graceful and smart. I adore her ugly face and the pearls tight round her neck She is perfect’ From current fabulous exhibition @nationalportraitgallery
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