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.
by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, June 1926
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