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William Maxwell Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook (1879-1964), Statesman and newspaper proprietor

Sitter in 21 portraits
Born in Canada, Aitken formed the Canada Cement Company in 1909. In Britain he became a Conservative MP in 1910. He helped Lloyd George supersede Asquith in 1916, and became Minister of Information in 1918. He purchased the Daily Express in 1916, launched the Sunday Express in 1918, and acquired the Evening Standard in 1923. Aitken supported Edward VIII over the abdication and Neville Chamberlain over Munich. As a member of Churchill's Cabinet he was Minister of Aircraft Production in 1940, of Supply in 1941, and Lord Privy Seal (1943-5). In 1961 he and his newspapers opposed British entry into the Common Market.

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5173

William Maxwell Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook

by Walter Richard Sickert
oil on canvas, 1935
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5173

5335

William Maxwell Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook

by Graham Vivian Sutherland
sketchbook, 90 pages, 1951
NPG 5335

5195

William Maxwell Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook

by Graham Vivian Sutherland
oil on canvas, 1952
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5195

x678

William Maxwell Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook

by Unknown photographer
bromide print mounted on grey card, circa 1930
NPG x678

x2803

William Maxwell Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1930
NPG x2803

x2804

William Maxwell Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1930
NPG x2804

x2805

William Maxwell Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1930
NPG x2805

x88654

William Maxwell Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook

by Unknown photographer
glossy bromide print, 1934
NPG x88654

D31601

William Maxwell Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook

after Graham Vivian Sutherland
photographic collotype printed in colours, (1952)
NPG D31601

P1851

William Maxwell Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook

by Lord Snowdon
gelatin silver print, 17 January 1974
NPG P1851

x1149

William Maxwell Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook

by Felix H. Man (Hans Baumann)
bromide print, circa 1951
NPG x1149

x20498

William Maxwell Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook

by Colin Vines
snapshot print, 25 May 1962
NPG x20498

x20693

William Maxwell Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook

by Colin Vines
bromide print, 1963
NPG x20693

x20694

William Maxwell Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook

by Colin Vines
snapshot print, 1963
NPG x20694