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Barbara Jessica Hardy "Baba" Hambro (Beaton)

Birthdate: (61)
Death: 1973 (61)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Ernest Walter Hardy Beaton and Esther Jane Beaton
Wife of Alec Hambro
Mother of <private> Hambro and <private> Gladstone (Hambro)
Sister of Sir Cecil Beaton and Nancy Elizabeth Louise Smiley

Managed by: Michael Lawrence Rhodes
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About Baba Beaton

Barbara "Baba" Jessica Hardy Beaton (1912–1973) was an English socialite that, together with her sister Nancy Beaton, were known as the Beaton Sisters and included in The Book of Beauty by their brother, Cecil Beaton.


Barbara "Baba" Jessica Hardy Beaton was born in 1912, in London, the daughter of Ernest Walter Hardy Beaton (1867–1936), a timber merchant from Hampstead, and Esther "Etty" Sisson (1872–1962). Her grandfather was Walter Hardy Beaton (1841–1904), founder of family business of "Beaton Brothers Timber Merchants and Agents". Baba was one of the first models of her brother Cecil. A famous 1920 photo by Cecil Beaton decipts Baba Beaton, Wanda Baillie-Hamilton and Lady Bridget Poulett. According to her brother Cecil Beaton in The Book of Beauty (1930): "Baba is too wise to be young, and has the repose of archaic sculpture. 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. I did not know that anyone could look so liltingly lyrical in a bathing costume as she. I stare a lot, watching the varying lights of day and night upon them. I see new unsuspected qualities in Baba as she sits against the lamp or by the light of the fire."

In May 1930 Baba Beaton was presented at court, she was dressed in a Empire cut mousseline de soie gown adorned with bands of opalescent paillettes. The other debutantes with her were: Eunice Bennett, Elizabeth Brinton Kent, Frances Stotesbury Hutchinson. Always in May, she was at the famous Mozart Party holds by David Tennant and his wife Hermione Baddeley; other guest included Lya de Putti, Miss Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies, Lady Ankaret Jackson, Olivia Wyndham, Harry Melville.

In June 1932 Baba Beaton, together with Lady Bridget Poulett, Lady Patricia Moore, Jeanne Stourton, Molly Vaughan, Katherine Horlick, Margaret Livingstone-Learmonth and Priscilla Weigall, considered the among the most beautiful debutantes of 1932, were supposed to be the bridesmaids to the wedding of Miss Margaret Whigham to Charles Greville, 7th Earl of Warwick, but the engagement was broken in April. In the end she was the bridesmaid when Whigham married Charles Sweeney, an American golfer; with her other bridesmaids were: Lady Bridget Poulett, Sheila Berry, Jeanne Stourton, Margaret Livingstone-Learmonth, Angela Brett, Dawn Gold, Molly Vaughan and Pamela Nicholl.

On 20 March 1933 she was a model for the 24th Birthday Celebrations and opening of the new building of Selfridge's; it was advertized as a Fashion Premiere presented by Society Beauties, and the other models were: Lady Bridget Poulett, Betty Colclough, Dorothy Hyson, Averil Streatfield, Audrey Simpson, Peta Dundas, Hilary Charles, Mona Simpson and Pat Charles; directing the parades was Jeanne Stourton.

On 6 November 1934 she married Alec Hambro (1910-1943), the son of Angus Valdimar Hambro, M.P. for North Dorset Divn., and Rosamund Maud Kearsley, of Blandford, Dorsetshire. Baba Beaton's wedding dress was designed by Charles James, a very modern interpretation of the white wedding dress, with a raised neckline and divided train.

In 1934 George Spencer Watson took the portrait, "Baba" Beaton, Mrs. Alec Hambro.

Alec Hambro was killed in action during World War II, while serving with the Reconnaissance Corps. He is buried in Tripoli War Cemetery and a memorial is at Milton Abbey in Dorset. Baba Beaton died in 1973.

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Age 61