Marilyn Monroe A British Love Affair

Combining inspirational British photography with true style and beauty, the National Portrait Gallery has put together an exhibition of images to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the death of silver screen legend Marilyn Monroe.

NPG x40285; Marilyn Monroe; Cecil Beaton by Ed Pfizenmaier

The exhibition, focusing on Monroe’s British connections, boasts 50+ images, many of which are vintage rarities including visually stunning photographs, film stills and magazine covers, a large number of which were captured by twentieth century maestro Cecil Beaton.

The National Portrait gallery have dug deep to unveil a whole host of talented British photographers who had the honour of capturing the actress and model in all her striking glory, including society portraitist Anthony Beauchamp and Baron, who specialised in portraying royalty and beautiful women.

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There are a number of fascinating candid shots from the British press, taken during Marilyn’s only visit to the UK, when she was filming The Prince and the Showgirl. This collection includes the work of much revered Life photographer Larry Burrows, featuring his images of the film’s press conference at the Savoy hotel.

The exhibition will remain in room 33 of the National Portrait Gallery until the 24th of March, and alongside the other hugely inspirational and expertly crafted exhibitions at the gallery, make this a fantastic day out for anyone with a keen interest in portrait photography.

NPG x40273; Marilyn Monroe by Cecil Beaton

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