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Ernest Bevin

(1881-1951), General Secretary of the Transport and General Workers Union and politician; MP for Wandsworth Central and Woolwich East

Sitter associated with 59 portraits
Trade unionist and politician. A farm worker from Somerset, Bevin formed a branch of the Dockers' Union in Bristol in 1910. He worked with Tillett to form the Transport and General Workers Union, and was its first General Secretary (1921-40). A leading organiser of the General Strike in 1926, Bevin was active in negotiating a settlement. In 1937 Bevin was elected chairman of the Trades Union Congress. In 1940 he became an MP and served as Churchill's Minister of Labour and National Service. As Foreign Secretary in Attlee's government (1945-51), Bevin was influential in creating the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) in 1949, and in obtaining aid for Britain under the US Marshall Plan.

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Ernest Bevin, by Sir David Low - NPG 4558

Ernest Bevin

by Sir David Low
chalk, published 1933
NPG 4558

Ernest Bevin, by Yousuf Karsh - NPG P490(12)

Ernest Bevin

by Yousuf Karsh
bromide print, 1943
NPG P490(12)

Ernest Bevin, by Thomas Cantrell Dugdale - NPG 3921

Ernest Bevin

by Thomas Cantrell Dugdale
oil on canvas, circa 1945
NPG 3921

Ernest Bevin, by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd) - NPG x69750

Ernest Bevin

by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
whole-plate film negative, 26 August 1929
NPG x69750

Ernest Bevin, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x104348

Ernest Bevin

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 24 September 1936
NPG x104348

Ernest Bevin, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x104349

Ernest Bevin

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 24 September 1936
NPG x104349

Ernest Bevin, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x163090

Ernest Bevin

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, August 1940
NPG x163090

Ernest Bevin, by Cecil Beaton - NPG x14031

Ernest Bevin

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print on white card mount, 7 November 1940
NPG x14031

Ernest Bevin, by Unknown photographer, for  Pictorial Press - NPG x134934

Ernest Bevin

by Unknown photographer, for Pictorial Press
bromide print, 1940
NPG x134934

Ernest Bevin, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x8764

Ernest Bevin

by Walter Stoneman
dry-plate glass negative, 1941
NPG x8764

Ernest Bevin, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x8765

Ernest Bevin

by Walter Stoneman
dry-plate glass negative, 1941
NPG x8765

Ernest Bevin, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x8768

Ernest Bevin

by Walter Stoneman
dry-plate glass negative, 1941
NPG x8768

Ernest Bevin, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x8767

Ernest Bevin

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, July 1941
NPG x8767

Ernest Bevin, by Howard Coster - NPG x2831

Ernest Bevin

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1942
NPG x2831

Ernest Bevin, by Howard Coster - NPG x2937

Ernest Bevin

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1942
NPG x2937

Ernest Bevin, by Howard Coster - NPG x2938

Ernest Bevin

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1942
NPG x2938

Ernest Bevin, by Howard Coster - NPG x2939

Ernest Bevin

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1942
NPG x2939

Ernest Bevin, by Howard Coster - NPG x2940

Ernest Bevin

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1942
NPG x2940

Ernest Bevin, by Howard Coster - NPG x2941

Ernest Bevin

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1942
NPG x2941

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