Margaret thatcher applies her lipstick, sitting at her bedroom dressing table.
Note: Image unearthed January 2013.
Arthur recalls: “I had the idea for a picture before I arrived, she was about to go into battle with Edward Heath and I felt that if she was photographed doing something that the rest of the nation’s women would do, it may win her some votes and so I delicately proposed the idea to her. Never in a million years did I think that she’d ever agree but incredibly she gave me full access to her bedroom and I managed to capture this rare image. It’s a shame that we weren’t shooting colour photographs at the time, as the lipstick was bright red.”
Camera: Leica 35mm.
Film stock:Kodak Tri-X Pan.
Location: Her bedroom, Flood Street, Chelsea, London.
Print Type: Fibre-based Harman Galerie FB Digital.
Printed by: Metro Imaging.
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‘There is no such thing as society: there are individual men and women, and there are families.’
‘The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.’
‘You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.’
‘Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.’
‘If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.’
‘If you set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.’
‘I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.’
‘Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.’
‘To those waiting with bated breath for that favourite media catchphrase, the U-turn, I have only one thing to say: You turn if you want to. The lady’s not for turning.’
‘No-one would remember the Good Samaritan if he’d only had good intentions; he had money as well.’
Biography: Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher, LG, OM, PC, FRS, FRIC (née Roberts; 13 October 1925 – 8 April 2013) was a British stateswoman and politician who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990 and the Leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990. She was the longest-serving British Prime Minister of the 20th century and is currently the only woman to have held the office. A Soviet journalist dubbed her the “Iron Lady“, a nickname that became associated with her uncompromising politics and leadership style. As Prime Minister, she implemented policies that have come to be known as Thatcherism.
Originally a research chemist before becoming a barrister, Thatcher was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Finchley in 1959. Edward Heath appointed her Secretary of State for Education and Science in his 1970 government. In 1975, Thatcher defeated Heath in the Conservative Party leadership election to become Leader of the Opposition and became the first woman to lead a major political party in the United Kingdom. She became Prime Minister after winning the 1979 general election.
On moving into 10 Downing Street, Thatcher introduced a series of political and economic initiatives intended to reverse high unemployment and Britain’s struggles in the wake of the Winter of Discontent and an ongoing recession. Her political philosophy and economic policies emphasised deregulation (particularly of the financial sector), flexible labour markets, the privatisation of state-owned companies, and reducing the power and influence of trade unions. Thatcher’s popularity during her first years in office waned amid recession and high unemployment, until the 1982 Falklands War and the recovering economy brought a resurgence of support, resulting in her re-election in 1983.
Thatcher was re-elected for a third term in 1987. During this period her support for a Community Charge (referred to as the “poll tax”) was widely unpopular, and her views on the European Community were not shared by others in her Cabinet. She resigned as Prime Minister and party leader in November 1990, after Michael Heseltine launched a challenge to her leadership. After retiring from the Commons in 1992, she was given a life peerage as Baroness Thatcher, of Kesteven in the county of Lincolnshire, which entitled her to sit in the House of Lords. After a series of small strokes in 2002, she was advised to withdraw from public speaking. Despite this, she managed to prerecord a eulogy to Ronald Reagan prior to his death, which was broadcast at his funeral in 2004. In 2013 she died of another stroke in London at the age of 87.