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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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4558

Ernest Bevin

by Sir David Low
chalk, published 1933
NPG 4558

P490(12)

Ernest Bevin

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

3921

Ernest Bevin

by Thomas Cantrell Dugdale
oil on canvas, circa 1945
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3921

x69750

Ernest Bevin

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

x134947

George Lansbury; Ernest Bevin; Dr Adler; Thomas Johnston

by James Jarché, for Daily Herald
modern resin print from original negative, 3 October 1932
NPG x134947

x134944

Ernest Bevin; H. Kershaw; S. Hirst

by James Jarché, for Daily Herald
modern bromide print from original negative, 10 July 1933
NPG x134944

x104348

Ernest Bevin

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

x104349

Ernest Bevin

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

x134945

Ernest Bevin with other delegates to a conference over the London Busmen's Dispute

by Reuben Saidman, for Daily Herald
modern bromide print from original negative, 30 April 1937
NPG x134945

x134946

Ernest Bevin; Harold Ewart Clay

by Edward George W. Malindine, for Daily Herald
modern bromide print from original negative, 3 May 1937
NPG x134946

x134948

Ernest Bevin; J. Whitehouse; W. Walsh; W.P. Noonan and one other unidentified man

by Reg Sayers, for Daily Herald
modern bromide print from original negative, 1 July 1937
NPG x134948

x134949

A.J. Chandler; Ernest Bevin; Harold Ewart Clay

by Reuben Saidman, for Daily Herald
modern bromide print from original negative, 30 April 1937
NPG x134949

x163090

Ernest Bevin

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, August 1940
NPG x163090

x14031

Ernest Bevin

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

x134934

Ernest Bevin

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

x134936

Poster for the Export Council of the Board of Trade (Ernest Bevin)

by Unknown photographer, for Evening Standard
bromide print, 1940
NPG x134936

x8764

Ernest Bevin

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

x8765

Ernest Bevin

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

x8768

Ernest Bevin

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

x8767

Ernest Bevin

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, July 1941
NPG x8767

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