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Charles Kingsley Adams
Born (1899-06-17)June 17, 1899
Died January 19, 1971(1971-01-19) (aged 71)
Known for Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries

Charles Kingsley Adams, CBE, FBA (17 June 1899 – 19 January 1971) was director, Keeper and Secretary of the National Portrait Gallery from 1951-64[1]

Adams was born in Sidcup, Kent on 17 June 1899, the son of Albert and Annie Adams, his father was a watchmaker. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the East Surrey Regiment during the First World War.

He was made CBE in 1954 and was a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.[citation needed] His portrait is held by the NPG[2]

Adams died in London on 19 January 1971.


  1. ‘ADAMS, Charles Kingsley’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2008; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2007 accessed 6 May 2013
  2. "Charles Kingsley Adams - Person - National Portrait Gallery". 2016-12-26. Retrieved 2017-06-07. 

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