Hilary Knight collection. This original print was deassessioned from the archives of Condé Nast Publications. Its stamped on the back with Cecil Beaton's mark, including a field for the date of publication, sitting, etc. The fields are blank, indicating that the image was never used. This sitting appears to be from New York, 1946. Garbo had never allowed Beaton to photograph her, but required passport photos, resulting in a series of lovely images, done with natural lighting in Garbo's suite at the Plaza Hotel. The print is faintly embossed with a "C N P" copyright notice on the front. It now has a silk matte and is framed with a vintage silver-finish metal overlay frame, with a ribbon motif mirroring Garbo's over scaled taffeta bow.
Sometime in the early ’50s, Hilary Knight’s drawings of naughty little girls for Mademoiselle magazine led to a meeting with author Kay Thompson (then a top nightclub performer)--and, of course, to the perpetually adored Eloise, the precocious Plaza dweller who in many ways is Knight’s alter ego. “Eloise will be celebrating her 60th birthday in 2015--not bad for a six-year-old,” says Knight. We’re honored to offer these personal pieces from Knight, who remains as stylish, outspoken, and original as the legendary little girl he brought to life.