Beaton and the book

featuring Bill Higgins

Oct 19, 2022
5:30 PM | Drinks
6:30 PM | Program
7:30 PM | Dinner
skylight gallery

Open to Coffee House and Salmagundi members
Free to attend

$50 + tax (no tip) for prix fixe dinner; includes wine
Reservations for dinner required; card payments only
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You will have the option of RSVP-ing for the talk alone, or for both the talk and dinner. Dinner must be pre-paid via Eventbrite.
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About the Event

Cecil Beaton is remembered as a photographer of royalty and celebrities, a Broadway and Hollywood costume designer extraordinaire, and a perennial figure in society and entertainment on both sides of the Atlantic from the 1920s through the 1970s. All of that glitter has left Beaton’s virtuoso achievements in the world of books a bit in the shadows.

In this illustrated talk, Coffee House member Bill Higgins will explore Beaton’s exuberant and inimitable place in the history of the book, as a writer, designer, graphic and typographical innovator, and illustrator.

About the Speaker

Bill Higgins is an historic preservationist and a book collector with a fascination for the elusive place where fine writing, bibliophily and the ideal of an artfully-lived life come together.


If you plan to stay for dinner, and would like to have the prix-fixe, you may pre-pay when RSVP-ing via Eventbrite to guarantee your prix-fixe meal reservation or order from the prix-fixe when you come in. Otherwise, you are welcome to order from the a la carte menu (wine is not included when ordering a la carte). Thank you!

A colorful and whimsical illustration of NYC celebrating photographer, Cecil Beaton