Adelaide Hall


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Adelaide Hall

by Unknown photographer, for BBC
bromide fibre print, 7 October 1947
15 in. x 14 7/8 in. (380 mm x 377 mm) image size
Given by BBC, 2006
Photographs Collection
NPG x128771

Sitterback to top

  • Adelaide Hall (1901-1993), Singer and actress. Sitter in 3 portraits.

Artistsback to top

  • BBC, Photographers. Artist or producer associated with 21 portraits.
  • Unknown photographer, Photographer. Artist or producer associated with 6584 portraits.

This portraitback to top

The photograph shows Adelaide Hall taking part in a programme of Black music called 'Variety in Sepia', that was broadcast from the specially built television studio at Radiolympia.

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Events of 1947back to top

Current affairs

Princess Elizabeth marries Philip Mountbatten at Westminster Abbey. Philip renounced his title of Prince of Greece and Denmark, to become Duke of Edinburgh when he married the heir to the throne.

Art and science

The first Edinburgh Festival includes performances by Kathleen Ferrier, Alec Guinness and Margot Fonteyn. The Festival is now a major annual international arts event that takes place over three weeks every August, and includes top class performers in theatre, music and dance as well as lesser-known performers who take part in the parallel 'Fringe Festival'.


India is granted independence from the British Empire and the former British Raj is partitioned into India and Pakistan. After various revolts and several years of civil disobedience led by Gandhi and his Quit India Movement, Britain agrees to disband the Raj and grant independence to India.
Palestine is partitioned into a Jewish State, an Arab State and a small internationally administered zone.

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