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Queen Elizabeth II; Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother

by Marcus Adams
bromide print, 5 July 1928
14 3/8 in. x 11 5/8 in. (365 mm x 295 mm)
Purchased, 1980
Primary Collection
NPG P140(10)

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  • Marcus Adams (1875-1959), Photographer. Artist or producer associated with 154 portraits, Sitter in 33 portraits.

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Adams first photographed the Queen in 1926, when she was eight months old, and subsequently about twice a year throughout her childhood. Many of the pictures Adams took were retained for the family's private enjoyment, others were published world-wide. Adams brought an informality and spontaneity to portraits of the royal family that was new. His photographic style was inspired by the great portrait painters of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries; including Romney and Lawrence. He continued to photograph the Queen in the 1950s, with her own children.

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Current affairs

The Representation of the People Act 1928 grants women the same rights to vote as men. Building on reform of 1918, this Act lowered the voting age for women from 30 to 21, and removed the ownership of property requirements.

Art and science

Alexander Fleming discovers penicillin. The Scottish scientist's identification of the first antibiotic revolutionised the treatment of infection and is a landmark in medical history. By the Second World War, penicillin was being used to treat wounded soldiers and had a major impact on survival rates of those with infected wounds.


Stalin announces the Soviet Union's first Five-Year plan of economic development. Based on Lenin's New Economic Policy, the Five-Year Plans aimed to expand the country's economy through rapid centralised industrialisation.

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