10 of 293 portraits of Princess Margaret
© William Hustler and Georgina Hustler / National Portrait Gallery, London
by Dorothy Wilding
chlorobromide print on tissue and card mount, November 1947
17 7/8 in. x 14 5/8 in. (453 mm x 370 mm)
Given by the photographer's sister, Susan Morton, 1976
Sitterback to top
- Princess Margaret (1930-2002), Daughter of George VI; Countess of Snowdon. Sitter associated with 293 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Dorothy Wilding (1893-1976), Photographer. Artist associated with 2177 portraits, Sitter in 30 portraits.
This portraitback to top
This portrait shows Princess Margaret as a bridesmaid at the marriage of her sister, Princess Elizabeth, to Prince Phillip of Greece in November 1947. The dress was designed by Norman Hartnell, and was a dramatic contrast to austere wartime clothing.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 410
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Events of 1947back to top
Current affairsPrincess 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 scienceThe 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'.
InternationalIndia 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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