Edward (Ted) Withers was a painter and illustrator, known for figure, portrait and landscape painting. A native of Wellington, New Zealand, he lived in Los Angeles during the 1930s and 1940s. He spent twenty years as an art director for major movie studios before he began painting pin ups for Brown & Bigelow in 1950. Rolf Armstrong and Gil Elvgren, two giants of the pin-up art industry, praised him as “one of America’s greatest, most versatile painters” and “one of the best photographers in the country.”
One of the top fashion and portrait photographers of all time, Sir Cecil Beaton (1904-1980), got his start in the 1920s as a staff photographer for Vanity Fair and Vogue. He was one of the original ‘Bright Young People’ the most famous and hedonistic group of the 1920’s and 30’s. Cecil Beaton’s career spanned over 60 years and he was not only a photographer, but also a diarist, an interior designer and Oscar-winning stage & costume designer and a fierce bitch. In his diaries he wasn’t very flattering, but his photos were, they were simply stunning.