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Florence Priscilla (née McLaren), Lady Norman

1 of 5 portraits of Florence Priscilla (née McLaren), Lady Norman

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Florence Priscilla (née McLaren), Lady Norman

by Bassano Ltd
bromide print, 1917
Purchased, 1996
Photographs Collection
NPG x85598

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  • Florence Priscilla (née McLaren), Lady Norman (1881-1964), Trustee of Imperial War Museum, Justice of the Peace for London and suffragist; wife of Sir Henry Norman, 1st Bt; daughter of 1st Baron Aberconway. Sitter in 5 portraits.

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  • Bassano Ltd (active 1901-1962), Photographers. Artist or producer associated with 42746 portraits.

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King George V changes his name from 'Saxe-Coburg' to 'Windsor.' Amid wartime anti-German public sentiment the British Royal Family decided to relinquish their German name and titles. The name 'Windsor' was chosen as variation on ''Wettin', the late Prince Albert's personal surname.

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The National Photographic Record is established at the instigation of the photographer Walter Stoneman to commission photographs of 'distinguished living contemporaries of British nationality.' This project allowed the National Portrait Gallery to circumvent its own rule that portraits could not enter the collection until the sitter had been dead ten years.


The Russian Revolution begins with the February Revolution and the abdication of Tsar Nicholas II. Seven months later the Bolsheviks led by Vladimir Lenin seize power in the October Revolution forming the Soviet Communist Government, which lasted until 1991. The USA abandons its neutrality and joins the war against Germany following a series of attacks on American passenger and merchant ships.

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Mark D. Drummond

07 June 2016, 21:58

Florence Priscilla, Lady Norman, CBE (née McLaren; 1881 – 1 March 1964, Antibes) was an English socialite and activist.

Florence was the fourth child and second daughter of Charles McLaren, 1st Baron Aberconway and Laura Elizabeth Pochin.

In 1907, she married Sir Henry Norman, 1st Baronet, a Liberal MP. Like her mother, she was active in the cause of women's suffrage through the Liberal Women's Suffrage Union and the Women's Liberal Federation. During the First World War, she ran a hospital in France. She was awarded the Mons Star for her services and created a CBE.

After the war, Lady Norman supported the creation of the Imperial War Museum and was one of its trustees. She was also the first woman to be appointed to the board of the Royal Earlswood Hospital, in 1926.

The archives of Lady Norman are held at the Women's Library in London