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Lady Packer

1968
Cecil Beaton

gelatin silver photograph on paper (35.3 cm x 35.3 cm)

Lady Florence Packer (b. 1915) was born in Paris to Edmond Porges, a major in the British Army, and his Russian wife Marie-Mathilde Brodsky. During the German occupation of Paris, all Porges's assets were seized and the family moved to London, where Florence worked for the Free French. There she met a Wing Commander at a party for Australian Air Force officers. They married in 1946 and she moved to Australia with him. In 1964, she married print magnate Sir Frank Packer and they lived in Australia until he died. She then returned to Monte Carlo to care for her mother. Since 1978 she has divided her time between Monte Carlo and Edgecliff. This photograph was taken at the Packers' Sydney home the morning after Beaton had been to dinner. He described Lady Packer as 'very French and cuddlesome'.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Lady Florence Packer 2004
© Estate of Cecil Beaton

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Artist and subject

Cecil Beaton (age 64 in 1968)

Lady Florence Packer (age 53 in 1968)

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Lady Florence Packer (2 portraits)

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