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Marcus Adams

(1875-1959), Photographer

Sitter in 33 portraits
Artist associated with 153 portraits
Son of the photographer Walton Adams. Travelled around Britain making architectural photographs for the British Archaeological Society and for books by C.E.Keyser. Established a reputation as a leading child photographer. In 1919 he joined up with Bertram Park and his wife Yvonne Gregory to form the 'Three Photographers' maintaining his own style and studio but sharing use of printing, retouching and darkroom staff. In 1926, took first official photographs of the Duchess of York and Princess Elizabeth (future Queen Mother and Queen Elizabeth II) and continued up to 1956 in a sitting with Princess Anne. His son Gilbert Adams assisted in his early years but later established his own highly successful career as a photographer.

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Marcus Adams photographing Sarah Norton, by Marcus Adams - NPG x199855

Marcus Adams photographing Sarah Norton

by Marcus Adams
gelatin silver print, early 1930s
NPG x199855

Marcus Adams; Dame Simone Ruth Prendergast (née Laski), by Marcus Adams - NPG x129563

Marcus Adams; Dame Simone Ruth Prendergast (née Laski)

by Marcus Adams
cream-toned bromide print, 1939-1940
NPG x129563

Photomontage of Marcus Adams with his travelling camera, by Marcus Adams - NPG x199838

Photomontage of Marcus Adams with his travelling camera

by Marcus Adams
gelatin silver prints, circa 1939
NPG x199838

Marcus Adams, by Unknown photographer - NPG x35716

Marcus Adams

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, circa 1940
NPG x35716

Marcus Adams and his studio at 43 Dover Street, London, by Gilbert Adams - NPG x199839

Marcus Adams and his studio at 43 Dover Street, London

by Gilbert Adams
gelatin silver print, circa 1940
NPG x199839

Salon Selection Committee, by Lancelot Vining - NPG x139962

Salon Selection Committee

by Lancelot Vining
bromide print, circa 1944
NPG x139962

Marcus Adams with some of his works, by Joseph McKeown - NPG x199841

Marcus Adams with some of his works

by Joseph McKeown
gelatin silver print, 1953
NPG x199841

Gilbert Adams; Marcus Adams, by Gilbert Adams - NPG x199843

Gilbert Adams; Marcus Adams

by Gilbert Adams
gelatin silver print, 1956-1958
NPG x199843

Marcus Adams, by Fred May - NPG D48071

Marcus Adams

by Fred May
watercolour and bodycolour on paper laid onto card, 1948
NPG D48071


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