Fonds GB 0210 AJSYLVESTER - A J Sylvester Collection

[David & Margaret Lloyd George sitting on recliners aboard a ship] [Coastal landscape] [Unidentified woman on the deck of a ship] [David and Margaret Lloyd George sitting on recliners aboard a ship] [David and Margaret Lloyd George playing shuffleboard] [David and Margaret Lloyd George playing shuffleboard] [Group of people on deck of a ship] [Two women and a young girl sitting on a bench] [Two women and a young girl sitting on a bench] [Portrait of an unknown woman] [Portrait of an unknown woman] [Portrait of an unknown woman] [Margaret Lloyd George and another woman aboard a ship] [Two tramp steamers moored off an unidentified port] [Informal portrait of a woman on a ship or boat] [Sugarloaf Mountain, Brazil as seen from the sea] [Sugarloaf Mountain as seen from the sea] [Unidentified port] [Seascape with steamer] [Seascape with rough sea]
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A J Sylvester Collection


  • [1923-1945]. (Creation)

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502 photographs: b&w; 290 x 210 mm or smaller.

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Biographical history

Albert James Sylvester (1889-1989) served as Principal Private Secretary to David Lloyd George from 1923 until his death in March 1945. A native of Staffordshire, Sylvester served as private secretary to the Secretary to the Committee of Imperial Defence, 1914-1921, to the Secretary of the War Cabinet and the Cabinet, 1916-1921, to the Secretary of the Imperial War Cabinet, 1917, to the British Secretary of the Peace Conference, 1919, and to three successive Prime Ministers, 1921-3: D. Lloyd George, Andrew Bonar Law and Stanley Baldwin. He ran Lloyd George's private office in London. After Lloyd George's death, A. J. Sylvester earned his living as a member of Lord Beaverbrook's staff from 1945 until 1948, and spent a further year as unpaid assistant to Liberal Party leader, E. Clement Davies. In 1947, he published The Real Lloyd George, based on his diaries. In 1949, he retired from political life, and moved to a farm at Corsham, Wiltshire, England. His ambition to publish a full-scale autobiography, upon which he was actively engaged in extreme old age, never came to fruition. His papers provide an insight into the life of Lloyd George after his fall from power in 1922.

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Purchase; 199

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Photographs taken by A J Sylvester of David Lloyd George, his families and entourage. The majority are of motoring holidays and cruises to mainland Europe. Included are his cruise on 'Sabrina' in 1929 and recalled in chapter 14 of 'The Real Lloyd George' by A J Sylvester (London, 1947).Others are of D Ll G's estate at Churt.

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Arranged in five bound volumes numbered 1839-1843. Each contains approximately 100 prints.

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Access to the original work by authorised permission only. Users are directed to use the digital image.

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Copyright belongs to NLW

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These are recent prints produced at the National Library of Wales from the original negatives. The original negatives have been duplicated at NLW.

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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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Description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; LCTGM; and GMGPC


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  • English



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