Olave St Clair Baden-Powell, Lady Baden-Powell; Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell

1 portrait of Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell

Olave St Clair Baden-Powell, Lady Baden-Powell; Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell, by Bassano Ltd, 1912 - NPG x28386 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Olave St Clair Baden-Powell, Lady Baden-Powell; Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 1912
Given by Bassano & Vandyk Studios, 1974
Photographs Collection
NPG x28386


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  • Bassano Ltd (active 1901-1962). Artist associated with 42700 portraits.

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Baden-Powell's wedding to Olave St Clair Soames was a private family affair at St Peter's Church, Parkstone on 31st October 1912. Only their engagement was announced in the Press. Bassano marked the occasion with this montage celebration made up of two separate images. Although Olave was 32 years his junior Baden-Powell assured his mother she would be an 'invaluable adviser....and a real playmate'. They had a long, happy, if unusual, marriage producing three children. Olave committed herself to her husband's work and built up her own position within the Girl Guides to become Chief Commissioner in 1916 and Chief Guide in 1918.

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