Dame Barbara Hamilton Cartland(1901-2000), Novelist and playwright
Sitter in 15 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.
by Marcus Adams
gelatin silver print, 1930
by Madame Yevonde
bromide press print, 1930
by Topical Press
bromide press print, 15 June 1931
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