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Agatha Christie

(1890-1976), Writer; former wife of Archibald Christie,and later wife of Sir Max Mallowan

Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie (née Miller)

Sitter in 26 portraits
Born in Torquay, Devon, Christie received a minimal formal education and largely taught herself from her father's library. During the First World War she worked with the Voluntary Aid Detachment and qualified as a dispenser. Christie's first novel The Mysterious Affair at Styles, which introduced Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, was published by Bodley Head in 1920. Following the divorce from her first husband, Archibald Christie, she introduced the character Miss Jane Marple in The Murder at the Vicarage (1930). She accompanied her archaeologist husband Max Mallowan on expeditions, which inspired books such as Murder on the Orient Express (1934) and Death on the Nile (1937).

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Agatha Christie, by Angus McBean - NPG P294

Agatha Christie

by Angus McBean
bromide print, 1949
NPG P294

Agatha Christie, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x82104

Agatha Christie

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate negative
NPG x82104

Agatha Christie, by Free Press - NPG x135637

Agatha Christie

by Free Press
vintage print, 1920s
NPG x135637

Agatha Christie, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x30729

Agatha Christie

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 15 January 1932
NPG x30729

Agatha Christie, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x30727

Agatha Christie

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 15 January 1932
NPG x30727

Agatha Christie, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x30728

Agatha Christie

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 15 January 1932
NPG x30728

Agatha Christie, by Planet News - NPG x199287

Agatha Christie

by Planet News
bromide press print, 9 March 1946
NPG x199287

Agatha Christie, by United Press Photo - NPG x199288

Agatha Christie

by United Press Photo
bromide press print, January 1946
NPG x199288

Agatha Christie, by John Gay - NPG x126501

Agatha Christie

by John Gay
vintage glossy bromide print, published February 1949
NPG x126501

Agatha Christie, by Unknown photographer - NPG x199289

Agatha Christie

by Unknown photographer
bromide press print, 1950
NPG x199289

Agatha Christie; Sir Max Mallowan, by Unknown photographer - NPG x199290

Agatha Christie; Sir Max Mallowan

by Unknown photographer
bromide press print, 1950
NPG x199290

Agatha Christie, by Max Ehlert, for  Camera Press: London: UK - NPG x199291

Agatha Christie

by Max Ehlert, for Camera Press: London: UK
bromide press print, 1950s
NPG x199291

Agatha Christie, by Central Press - NPG x6026

Agatha Christie

by Central Press
bromide press print, 1957
NPG x6026

Agatha Christie, by Walter Bird - NPG x183962

Agatha Christie

by Walter Bird
vintage print, 1958
NPG x183962

Agatha Christie, by Walter Bird, for  Camera Press: London: UK - NPG x139871

Agatha Christie

by Walter Bird, for Camera Press: London: UK
bromide press print, 1958
NPG x139871

Agatha Christie; Dame Edith Evans, by Press Association Photos - NPG x184311

Agatha Christie; Dame Edith Evans

by Press Association Photos
bromide press print, 5 March 1968
NPG x184311

Agatha Christie, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x6027

Agatha Christie

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 19 February 1969
NPG x6027

Agatha Christie, by Douglas Miller, for  Keystone Press Agency Ltd - NPG x199293

Agatha Christie

by Douglas Miller, for Keystone Press Agency Ltd
bromide press print, 13 October 1970
NPG x199293

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