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Nancy Astor, Viscountess Astor (1879-1964), Conservative politician; MP for Plymouth Sutton; former wife of R.G. Shaw, and later wife of 2nd Viscount Astor; 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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Nancy Astor, Viscountess Astor

by Herbert Samuel ('Bert') Thomas
pen and ink, 1940s?
NPG 4542


Nancy Astor, Viscountess Astor

by Yousuf Karsh
bromide print, 1946
NPG P490(5)


Nancy Astor, Viscountess Astor

by (Mary) Olive Edis (Mrs Galsworthy)
platinum print on photographer's card mount, 1920
NPG x339


Nancy Astor, Viscountess Astor

by George Charles Beresford
vintage bromide print, 22 December 1920
NPG x125


Nancy Astor, Viscountess Astor

by Hugh Cecil (Hugh Cecil Saunders)
bromide print, 1920s
NPG x8037


Nancy Astor, Viscountess Astor

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 1921
NPG x67800


Nancy Astor, Viscountess Astor

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 18 June 1923
NPG x18820


Nancy Astor, Viscountess Astor

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 18 June 1923
NPG x18821

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