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Roger Mellor Makins, 1st Baron Sherfield

(1904-1996), Diplomat; British Ambassador to the United States

Sitter in 17 portraits
Makins joined the Diplomatic Service in 1928. He served in various diplomatic positions in Washington between 1931 and 1956, culminating in the post of British Ambassador to the United States (1953-6). After his return from Washington he served as Joint Permanent Secretary to the Treasury and as Chairman of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority. Makins was a prime mover in the inner circles of British government throughout the middle of the twentieth century. His charm was formidable. He enjoyed socialising, and it was said of him that he was the 'Makins of a good party'. He also loved dancing; in the 1950s in Washington he was considered a sensational ballroom dancer.

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Roger Mellor Makins, 1st Baron Sherfield, by Sir David Low - NPG 4529(223)

Roger Mellor Makins, 1st Baron Sherfield

by Sir David Low
pencil, circa 1950s-1963
NPG 4529(223)

Roger Mellor Makins, 1st Baron Sherfield, by Sir David Low - NPG 4529(224)

Roger Mellor Makins, 1st Baron Sherfield

by Sir David Low
pencil, circa 1950s-1963
NPG 4529(224)

Roger Mellor Makins, 1st Baron Sherfield, by Sir David Low - NPG 4529(225)

Roger Mellor Makins, 1st Baron Sherfield

by Sir David Low
pencil, circa 1950s-1963
NPG 4529(225)

Roger Mellor Makins, 1st Baron Sherfield, by Sir David Low - NPG 4529(226)

Roger Mellor Makins, 1st Baron Sherfield

by Sir David Low
pencil, circa 1950s-1963
NPG 4529(226)

Roger Mellor Makins, 1st Baron Sherfield, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x185261

Roger Mellor Makins, 1st Baron Sherfield

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, August 1949
NPG x185261

Roger Mellor Makins, 1st Baron Sherfield, by Keystone Press Agency Ltd - NPG x194184

Roger Mellor Makins, 1st Baron Sherfield

by Keystone Press Agency Ltd
vintage print, December 1954
NPG x194184

Roger Mellor Makins, 1st Baron Sherfield, by Rex Coleman, for  Baron Studios - NPG x125930

Roger Mellor Makins, 1st Baron Sherfield

by Rex Coleman, for Baron Studios
5 x 4 inch film negative, 23 February 1965
NPG x125930

Roger Mellor Makins, 1st Baron Sherfield, by Rex Coleman, for  Baron Studios - NPG x125931

Roger Mellor Makins, 1st Baron Sherfield

by Rex Coleman, for Baron Studios
5 x 4 inch film negative, 23 March 1965
NPG x125931

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Roger Mellor Makins, 1st Baron Sherfield

by Walter Stoneman
half-plate glass negative, August 1949
NPG x190201

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Roger Mellor Makins, 1st Baron Sherfield

by Walter Stoneman
half-plate glass negative, August 1949
NPG x190202

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Roger Mellor Makins, 1st Baron Sherfield

by Walter Stoneman
half-plate glass negative, August 1949
NPG x190203

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Roger Mellor Makins, 1st Baron Sherfield

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate negative, 1959
NPG x82517

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Roger Mellor Makins, 1st Baron Sherfield

by Rex Coleman, for Baron Studios
5 x 4 inch film negative, 12 January 1960
NPG x191061

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