Marcus Adams

Queen Elizabeth, 1900 - 2002, Queen Elizabeth II, b. 1926 and George VI, 1895 - 1952. (About 1928)

About this artwork

This photograph was not available for public viewing in the lifetime of Queen Elizabeth (the Queen Mother) as she did not like it and considered it too informal. However, Mrs I. L. Hunter, who was then the photographer, Marcus Adams’ assistant, enjoyed it and made a print for her own pleasure. Far from damaging the public image of the monarchy, it shows one happy family: a slightly shy George VI, then still The Duke of York; his radiant wife; and a happy little girl having the giggles, yet to become Britain's Queen Elizabeth II.

Marcus Adams

Marcus Adams

The son of a photographer, Marcus Adams established his own reputation first as an architectural and then as a leading child photographer. He set up his studio in London in 1919 with two associates with whom he shared processing materials and darkroom assistants. In 1926 he set up his children's studio, to look like a livingroom with a disguised camera. Adams took official photographs of Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Family over a period spanning thirty years from 1926-56. He documented the Queen's life from her infancy to her becoming a monarch and a mother.