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Marcus Adams: Royal Photographer, New Book and Exhibition

This April a new book and exhibition at Windsor Castle will celebrate the work of Marcus Adams, who devoted 50 years to photographing children – particularly royal children. The publication Marcus Adams: Royal Photographer features over 150 photographs, including vintage prints from almost all the royal sittings, many from the personal collection of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. Fifty-six of the photographs will be shown in the Castle’s Drawings Gallery.

Queen Elizabeth IIMarcus Adams created a unique record of two generations of royal children between 1926 and 1956. He presented a new, relaxed image of royalty, overturning the long tradition of formal royal portraiture. Among the photographs are some of the best-known portraits of the young Princess Elizabeth – in one she adopts a pose reminiscent of the putti in Raphael’s Sistine Madonna, in another she is laughing out loud at something beyond the camera. The Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret sat for Marcus Adams on a number of occasions. In February 1939, Adams captured a particularly beautiful image of the two sisters with their arms around each other, their last sitting before the outbreak of the Second World War.

Prince Charles and Princess Anne were also photographed by Marcus Adams. Of his long relationship with the Royal Family, Marcus Adams said, ‘I have had more joy from that family than from any. They are full of fun.’

The book Marcus Adams: Royal Photographer is published in April by Royal Collection Publications (120 pages, over 160 colour illustrations), price £9.95 from Royal Collection shops and online.

The exhibition Marcus Adams: Royal Photographer, 24 April 2010 – 6 February 2011 is part of a visit to Windsor Castle

Image: “HM The Queen, Princes Charles and Princess Anne, November 1954”. Photo: The Royal Collection. ©2010, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

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