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Harold Wilson (1916-1995), Prime Minister

(James) Harold Wilson, Baron Wilson of Rievaulx

Sitter in 42 portraits
Labour Prime Minister 1964-70 and 1974-6. Born in Huddersfield, Wilson studied at Oxford, where he became an Economics lecturer. Elected to Parliament in 1945, he served in Attlee's government before becoming Labour leader in 1963. Wilson won four general elections, twice as Prime Minister. He renegotiated terms of Britain's entry into the European Community, but struggled to address Britain's postwar economic decline, the pound being devalued during his time in office.

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P490(87)

Harold Wilson

by Yousuf Karsh
bromide print, 1949
NPG P490(87)

P257

Harold Wilson

by Yousuf Karsh
bromide print, 1950
NPG P257

6788

Harold Wilson

by Barry Ernest Fantoni
pencil and gouache, 1960s-1970s
NPG 6788

P258

Harold Wilson

by Yousuf Karsh
bromide print, 1963
NPG P258

5358

'University of the Air'

by John Musgrave-Wood ('Emmwood')
pen and ink, Letratone and white heightening, 1963
NPG 5358

P490(88)

Harold Wilson

by Yousuf Karsh
bromide print, 1963
NPG P490(88)

6434

Frost's Breakfast

by Gerald Scarfe
pen and indian ink, 1963
NPG 6434

5362

(Alfred) Ernest Marples, 1st Baron Marples; Harold Wilson

by John Musgrave-Wood ('Emmwood')
pen and ink, Letratone and white heightening, 1965
NPG 5362

5047

Harold Wilson

by Ruskin Spear
oil on canvas, exhibited 1974
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5047

P1268

Harold Wilson

by Bernard Lee ('Bern') Schwartz
dye transfer print, 20 May 1976
NPG P1268

P150(38)

Harold Wilson

by Arnold Newman
colour dye transfer print, 1978
NPG P150(38)

x45597

Harold Wilson

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, September 1945
NPG x45597

x184222

Harold Wilson; Aneurin Bevan; Jennie Lee

by Planet News
vintage print, 27 September 1954
NPG x184222

x45598

Harold Wilson

by Walter Bird
bromide print on card mount, 25 May 1962
NPG x45598

x27447

Harold Wilson

by Unknown photographer, for Central Office of Information
bromide print, May 1962
NPG x27447

x125715

Harold Wilson

by Rex Coleman, for Baron Studios
5 x 4 inch film negative, 6 November 1963
NPG x125715

x125716

Harold Wilson

by Rex Coleman, for Baron Studios
5 x 4 inch colour transparency, 6 November 1963
NPG x125716

x194205

Harold Wilson with 'The Beatlles'

by Central Press
vintage print, 19 March 1964
NPG x194205