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David KaufmanThe handsome reproductions in Beaton Portraits, by Terence Pepper, curator of photographs at the National Portrait Gallery in London, include a superbly androgynous Katharine Hepburn; Marlon Brando before his breakthrough in ''A Streetcar Named Desire,'' looking, improbably, like a British schoolboy with long tousled hair; Francis Bacon appearing every bit as alarming as a figure in one of his paintings. Here also is an irresistibly seductive -- and remarkably hirsute -- Yul Brynner. In an included essay, Peter Conrad, who teaches English at Oxford University, persuasively argues that although Beaton glorified his subjects, he also ''glimpsed a reality that belied the fiction he was helping to create.''
— The New York Times