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National Photographic Record: prints by Godfrey Argent, 1967-70

The National Photographic Record began in 1917, during the First World War, at the instigation of Walter Stoneman, the chief photographer for the long established firm of Russell & Sons. A selected range of eminent people of the day were invited to make an appointment to sit at Stoneman's studio and from each sitting a mounted print was added to the NPR. Reproduction fees from the publication of any of these photographs were shared between the photographer and the National Portrait Gallery. The collection was made for record purposes only, with no intention of the results being exhibited. Despite controversy caused by working exclusively with one selected photographer, the collection of postcard-sized prints of eminent people of the day grew over the years to an archive of over 10,000 subjects. Each year approximately 200 new subjects were added to an alphabetical sequence now housed in 436 boxes and viewable by appointment. Stoneman was succeeded, on his retirement and death, by Walter Bird (active 1958-1967), and then by Godfrey Argent (active 1967-1970). In addition, the Gallery also holds approximately 10,000 NPR whole- and half-plate glass negatives taken between 1917 and 1958, arranged chronologically, which consist of up to five alternative poses taken at the NPR sitting.

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Walter Bird, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x165813

Walter Bird

by Godfrey Argent
modern bromide print from original negative, 1966
NPG x165813

Leo Abse, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x163400

Leo Abse

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 13 December 1967
NPG x163400

Sir Edward Beddington-Behrens, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x164001

Sir Edward Beddington-Behrens

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 2 November 1967
NPG x164001

Sir John Alec Biggs-Davison, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x165185

Sir John Alec Biggs-Davison

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 8 December 1967
NPG x165185

Sir (Francis) James Bowes-Lyon, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x165404

Sir (Francis) James Bowes-Lyon

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 17 November 1967
NPG x165404

Peter Edward Moore Bradley, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x165450

Peter Edward Moore Bradley

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 23 November 1967
NPG x165450

Sir Alexander Grigor ('Alick') Jeans, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x165999

Sir Alexander Grigor ('Alick') Jeans

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 13 December 1967
NPG x165999

Sir (Edward) Humphrey Browne, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x4740

Sir (Edward) Humphrey Browne

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 4 December 1967
NPG x4740

Sir Patrick Reginald Evelyn Browne, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x4741

Sir Patrick Reginald Evelyn Browne

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 22 November 1967
NPG x4741

Learie Constantine, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x21932

Learie Constantine

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 1 November 1967
NPG x21932

Sir Thomas Percival Creed, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x7021

Sir Thomas Percival Creed

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 1 November 1967
NPG x7021

Sir William Haley, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x17227

Sir William Haley

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 9 November 1967
NPG x17227

Denis Herbert Howell, Baron Howell, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x18603

Denis Herbert Howell, Baron Howell

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 7 December 1967
NPG x18603

Ian Murray Hurrell, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x18683

Ian Murray Hurrell

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 24 November 1967
NPG x18683

Sir Julian Huxley, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x12108

Sir Julian Huxley

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 22 November 1967
NPG x12108

Sir Arthur James Irvine, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x18687

Sir Arthur James Irvine

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 23 November 1967
NPG x18687

William Godfrey Fothergill Jackson, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x166126

William Godfrey Fothergill Jackson

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 2 November 1967
NPG x166126

Sir (John) Anthony Kershaw, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x19120

Sir (John) Anthony Kershaw

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 16 November 1967
NPG x19120

David Walter Kirke, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x166127

David Walter Kirke

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 1 November 1967
NPG x166127

Henry Anthony Lascelles, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x29216

Henry Anthony Lascelles

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 6 November 1967
NPG x29216

Sir (Basil) John Mason, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x29290

Sir (Basil) John Mason

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 17 November 1967
NPG x29290

Sir Harry Work Melville, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x166129

Sir Harry Work Melville

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 7 November 1967
NPG x166129

Frederick William Mulley, Baron Mulley, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x166130

Frederick William Mulley, Baron Mulley

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 30 November 1967
NPG x166130

Sir George Reginald Pope, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x166131

Sir George Reginald Pope

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 1 November 1967
NPG x166131

Sir (Abraham) Jeremy Raisman, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x166132

Sir (Abraham) Jeremy Raisman

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 3 November 1967
NPG x166132

Joseph Kenneth Shepheard, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x166133

Joseph Kenneth Shepheard

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 9 November 1967
NPG x166133

Humphrey Trevelyan, Baron Trevelyan, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x35269

Humphrey Trevelyan, Baron Trevelyan

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 29 December 1967
NPG x35269

Humphrey Trevelyan, Baron Trevelyan, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x166135

Humphrey Trevelyan, Baron Trevelyan

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 29 December 1967
NPG x166135

Sir (Charles) Geoffrey Vickers, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x88101

Sir (Charles) Geoffrey Vickers

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 24 November 1967
NPG x88101

Sir Barnes Wallis, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x15123

Sir Barnes Wallis

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 16 November 1967
NPG x15123

Sir Harold Augustus Wernher, 3rd Bt, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x166136

Sir Harold Augustus Wernher, 3rd Bt

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 28 November 1967
NPG x166136

(Percival) Ross Wheatley, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x166137

(Percival) Ross Wheatley

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 7 November 1967
NPG x166137

Peter William Beckwith Ashmore, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x163745

Peter William Beckwith Ashmore

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 25 March 1968
NPG x163745

Arthur Askey, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x163752

Arthur Askey

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 12 March 1968
NPG x163752

Sir Felix Edward Aylmer, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x163795

Sir Felix Edward Aylmer

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 14 February 1968
NPG x163795

Sir Geoffrey Harding Baker, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x163831

Sir Geoffrey Harding Baker

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 16 December 1968
NPG x163831

Sir Roger Bannister, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x163872

Sir Roger Bannister

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 30 April 1968
NPG x163872

Tim Beaumont, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x163988

Tim Beaumont

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 10 January 1968
NPG x163988

Denis Arthur Beckett, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x163996

Denis Arthur Beckett

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 26 November 1968
NPG x163996

Sir Frederic Mackarness Bennett, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x165026

Sir Frederic Mackarness Bennett

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 27 June 1968
NPG x165026

Sir John Betjeman, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x165061

Sir John Betjeman

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 17 January 1968
NPG x165061

Sir Eric Grant Yarrow, 3rd Bt, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x165258

Sir Eric Grant Yarrow, 3rd Bt

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 12 December 1968
NPG x165258

Peter Blake, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x165308

Peter Blake

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 13 March 1968
NPG x165308

Sir Clive Bossom, 2nd Bt, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x165344

Sir Clive Bossom, 2nd Bt

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 17 October 1968
NPG x165344

Sir John Smith Knox Boyd, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x165418

Sir John Smith Knox Boyd

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 24 June 1968
NPG x165418

Cecil Blanche Woodham-Smith, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x165528

Cecil Blanche Woodham-Smith

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 1 March 1968
NPG x165528

Sir Isaac Wolfson, 1st Bt, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x165551

Sir Isaac Wolfson, 1st Bt

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 13 December 1968
NPG x165551

Robert Straton Broke, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x165566

Robert Straton Broke

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 28 May 1968
NPG x165566

Kenneth Williams, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x165576

Kenneth Williams

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 2 December 1968
NPG x165576