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Dame Barbara Hamilton Cartland

(1901-2000), Novelist and playwright

Sitter in 14 portraits
Named 'top selling author in the world' in 1983. At her peak, Cartland produced twenty-three novels a year with a reputed readership of 400 million. She began her career as a gossip columnist for the Daily Express and published her first novel, a mystery called Jig-Saw in 1925. Later novels, which she dictated to a secretary, are romantic and escapist, with historical settings and virginal heroines. Cartland married twice and had three children. In old age, her television appearances, heavily made-up and wearing pink, left an indelible impression.

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Dame Barbara Hamilton Cartland, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x18826

Dame Barbara Hamilton Cartland

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 2 November 1925
NPG x18826

Dame Barbara Hamilton Cartland, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x18827

Dame Barbara Hamilton Cartland

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 2 November 1925
NPG x18827

Dame Barbara Hamilton Cartland, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x18828

Dame Barbara Hamilton Cartland

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 2 November 1925
NPG x18828

Dame Barbara Hamilton Cartland, by Lafayette - NPG x49979

Dame Barbara Hamilton Cartland

by Lafayette
whole-plate film negative, 10 December 1928
NPG x49979

Dame Barbara Hamilton Cartland, by Lafayette - NPG x49978

Dame Barbara Hamilton Cartland

by Lafayette
whole-plate film negative, 10 December 1928
NPG x49978

Dame Barbara Hamilton Cartland, by Dorothy Wilding - NPG x5691

Dame Barbara Hamilton Cartland

by Dorothy Wilding
bromide print, 1940s
NPG x5691

Dame Barbara Hamilton Cartland, by Planet News - NPG x194243

Dame Barbara Hamilton Cartland

by Planet News
bromide press print, 4 February 1948
NPG x194243

Dame Barbara Hamilton Cartland, by Tom Blau - NPG x131947

Dame Barbara Hamilton Cartland

by Tom Blau
modern bromide print from original negative, 1957
NPG x131947

Dame Barbara Hamilton Cartland, by Norman Parkinson - NPG x30159

Dame Barbara Hamilton Cartland

by Norman Parkinson
colour print on card mount, 1977
NPG x30159

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Dame Barbara Hamilton Cartland

by Dorothy Wilding
bromide print on card mount, 1940s
NPG x5692

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