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Margaret Thatcher

(1925-2013), Prime Minister

Margaret Hilda Thatcher (née Roberts), Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven

Sitter in 39 portraits
Conservative Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990. Margaret Thatcher was the first woman to hold the office in Britain and was re-elected twice, in 1983 and 1987. Educated at Kesteven and Grantham Girls' School and Somerville College, Oxford, her first career was as a research chemist (1947-51). She was called to the Bar, Lincoln's Inn, in 1954. Her career at the House of Commons began when she was elected MP for Finchley in 1959. Created a Life Peer in 1992.

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Margaret Thatcher, by Central Press - NPG x194329

Margaret Thatcher

by Central Press
vintage print, 24 April 1979
NPG x194329

Margaret Thatcher, by Norman Parkinson - NPG x30176

Margaret Thatcher

by Norman Parkinson
cibachrome print, 1981
NPG x30176

Margaret Thatcher, by Gemma Levine - NPG x88867

Margaret Thatcher

by Gemma Levine
bromide print, 1986
NPG x88867

Margaret Thatcher, by Michael Birt - NPG x35905

Margaret Thatcher

by Michael Birt
bromide print, 14 May 1990
NPG x35905

Margaret Thatcher, by Jeff Overs - NPG x76177

Margaret Thatcher

by Jeff Overs
resin print, August 1993
NPG x76177

Margaret Thatcher; Fergus Greer, by Fergus Greer - NPG x128527

Margaret Thatcher; Fergus Greer

by Fergus Greer
bromide print, 1995
NPG x128527

Margaret Thatcher, by Fergus Greer - NPG x126810

Margaret Thatcher

by Fergus Greer
bromide fibre print, 1995
NPG x126810

Image currently unavailable owing to copyright restrictions

Margaret Thatcher

by Helmut Newton
bromide print, 1991
NPG P507

Image currently unavailable owing to copyright restrictions

Margaret Thatcher

by Fox Photos Ltd
bromide press print, 13 October 1951
NPG x139973

Web image not currently available

Margaret Thatcher

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate negative, 1961
NPG x82667

Image currently unavailable owing to copyright restrictions

Jean Fraser; Margaret Thatcher

by Derek Bayes
bromide press print, April 1975
NPG x184139

Image currently unavailable owing to copyright restrictions

Margaret Thatcher; Indira Gandhi

by Keystone Press Agency Ltd
bromide press print, 14 November 1978
NPG x139972

Image currently unavailable owing to copyright restrictions

Margaret Thatcher

by Simon Livingstone
colour print, 1987
NPG x29875

Image currently unavailable owing to copyright restrictions

Margaret Thatcher and members of John Major's cabinet

by Ian Waldie, for Reuters
digital colour print, 12 October 1994
NPG x126072

Image currently unavailable owing to copyright restrictions

'Gone with the Wind' (Ronald Reagan; Margaret Thatcher)

by Bob Light, and by John Houston, printed by East End Offset Ltd, published by Socialist Workers Party
offset lithograph printed in blue and red, 1981 or after
NPG D43009

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