Exotic Birds in the Tangier Garden of the Hon. David Herbert
signed with the artist's initials and inscribed the top lines would be/eliminated pencil and wash on paper
17 1/4 x 11 1/4 in. 43.81 x 28.57 cm.
In 1974, Cecil Beaton suffered a debilitating stroke that left him paralyzed on the right side. British Vogue encouraged him to use his good left hand and record his visual impressions of a trip to Tangier, and published many of the results a successful therapy. In Tangier he spent time with his great friend the Honourable David Herbert, youngest son of the Earl of Pembroke, who was still the self acknowledged Queen Mother of the ex pat community in that city when I first visited in 1989. He still cherished his menagerie of exotic birds and parrots, some of which Beaton had captured in this pencil sketch a decade earlier. Hamish Bowles