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Elizabeth (née Harman), Countess of Longford

(1906-2002), Historian and writer; wife of 7th Earl of Longford

Sitter in 19 portraits
Elizabeth Longford, the biographer and historian, was considered as one of the most brilliant women of her generation, producing authoritative biographies of Joseph 'Radical Joe' Chamberlain, the Duke of Wellington and Queen Victoria. Combining her own work with supporting her husband's political career in the Labour party, she was also the mother of eight children.

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'The Pakenham family', by Bassano Ltd - NPG x80942

'The Pakenham family'

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate film negative, 24 June 1937
NPG x80942

'The Pakenham family', by Bassano Ltd - NPG x80943

'The Pakenham family'

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate film negative, 24 June 1937
NPG x80943

'The Pakenham family', by Bassano Ltd - NPG x80944

'The Pakenham family'

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate film negative, 24 June 1937
NPG x80944

Elizabeth (née Harman), Countess of Longford, by Mayotte Magnus - NPG x18621

Elizabeth (née Harman), Countess of Longford

by Mayotte Magnus
bromide print, September 1975
NPG x18621

The 7th Earl of Longford and his family, by Mark Gerson - NPG x76352

The 7th Earl of Longford and his family

by Mark Gerson
bromide fibre print, 27 December 1975
NPG x76352


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