Baba Beaton 1912-1973

Malta Independent - - LIFESTYLE ON SATURDAY -

Beaton’s sis­ters were his first mod­els and they spent hours pos­ing whilst he drew them and ex­per­i­mented with pho­to­graphic tech­niques. His por­traits of the pair were pub­lished in so­ci­ety mag­a­zines, help­ing to launch them into so­ci­ety. He de­scribed Baba as ‘the more gen­uine of the two…com­pletely de­fined and de­cided, sen­si­tive and in­tel­li­gent’, but he saw him­self in Nancy who was more out­spo­ken. This par­tic­u­lar pho­to­graph ap­peared in Beaton’s ‘Book of Beauty’ and ‘Pho­to­bi­og­ra­phy’ with the ti­tle ‘Baba: a Sym­phony in Sil­ver’.

Of Baba, he (Ce­cil) wrote ‘She is like a Giotto paint­ing with her clas­si­cal fea­tures and limp spun hair like a me­di­ae­val page’s, and though she is diminu­tively pro­por­tioned, with small pointed breasts, her lit­tle fig­ure is so elon­gated that, on her, ma­te­ri­als fall in ver­ti­cal folds like the flut­ings on a Gre­cian col­umn’.

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