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Nancy Astor, Viscountess Astor (1879-1964), Politician; MP for Plymouth Sutton and wife of 2nd Viscount Astor; previous wife of R.G. Shaw; daughter of Chiswell Dabney Langhorne

Nancy Witcher Astor (née Langhorne), Viscountess Astor

Sitter in 37 portraits
American-born politician; Astor came to England in 1904 and married her second husband Waldorf Astor, whom she succeeded as Conservative MP for the Sutton division of Plymouth in 1919. A champion of women's rights, she was the first woman MP to sit in the House of Commons (1919-45). Despite playing a large part in drawing the Conservative Party's attention towards the need to attract the female electorate, Astor was repeatedly overlooked for a position in Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin's cabinet, and an attempt in 1929 to form a women's party with a number of female Labour politicians was unsuccessful. During the 1930's the Astors' house, Cliveden became the focus of many high-powered political meetings.

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x31175

Nancy Astor, Viscountess Astor

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate film negative, 3 December 1935
NPG x31175

x31176

Nancy Astor, Viscountess Astor

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate film negative, 3 December 1935
NPG x31176

x31177

Nancy Astor, Viscountess Astor

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate film negative, 3 December 1935
NPG x31177

x31178

Nancy Astor, Viscountess Astor

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate film negative, 3 December 1935
NPG x31178

x4360

Nancy Astor, Viscountess Astor

by Dorothy Wilding
chlorobromide copy print, 1937
NPG x4360

x135437

Nancy Astor, Viscountess Astor

by Dorothy Wilding
chlorobromide print on tissue and card mount, 1937
NPG x135437

x14014

Nancy Astor, Viscountess Astor

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print on white card mount, 1949
NPG x14014

x193300

Nancy Astor, Viscountess Astor

by Lallie Charles (née Charlotte Elizabeth Martin)
halftone reproduction tear sheet, published 14 March 1906
NPG x193300

x194183

Nancy Astor, Viscountess Astor; George Bernard Shaw

by ACME Newspictures, Inc.
vintage print, 1931
NPG x194183

x13692

Nancy Astor, Viscountess Astor

by Dorothy Wilding
bromide print on tissue and card mount, 1937
NPG x13692

x25987

Nancy Astor, Viscountess Astor

by Dorothy Wilding
half-plate film negative, 1937
NPG x25987