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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 at the age of 29, he served in Attlee's government and became Labour leader in 1963. At 48 Wilson became Britain's youngest Prime Minister since Pitt, winning four general elections, twice as Prime Minister. He led a series of cabinets through the 1960s and 70s which confirmed Britain's commitment to a welfare state. Wilson 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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Harold Wilson, by Yousuf Karsh - NPG P490(87)

Harold Wilson

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

Harold Wilson, by Yousuf Karsh - NPG P257

Harold Wilson

by Yousuf Karsh
bromide print, 1950
NPG P257

Harold Wilson, by Barry Ernest Fantoni - NPG 6788

Harold Wilson

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

Harold Wilson, by Yousuf Karsh - NPG P258

Harold Wilson

by Yousuf Karsh
bromide print, 1963
NPG P258

'University of the Air', by John Musgrave-Wood ('Emmwood') - NPG 5358

'University of the Air'

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

Harold Wilson, by Yousuf Karsh - NPG P490(88)

Harold Wilson

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

Frost's Breakfast, by Gerald Scarfe - NPG 6434

Frost's Breakfast

by Gerald Scarfe
pen and indian ink, 1963
NPG 6434

(Alfred) Ernest Marples, 1st Baron Marples; Harold Wilson, by John Musgrave-Wood ('Emmwood') - NPG 5362

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

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

Harold Wilson, by Ruskin Spear - NPG 5047

Harold Wilson

by Ruskin Spear
oil on canvas, exhibited 1974
NPG 5047

Harold Wilson, by Gerald Scarfe - NPG 6432

Harold Wilson

by Gerald Scarfe
pen and indian ink, 1976
NPG 6432

Harold Wilson, by Bernard Lee ('Bern') Schwartz - NPG P1268

Harold Wilson

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

Harold Wilson, by Arnold Newman - NPG P150(38)

Harold Wilson

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

Harold Wilson, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x45597

Harold Wilson

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, September 1945
NPG x45597

Harold Wilson; Aneurin Bevan; Jennie Lee, by Planet News - NPG x184222

Harold Wilson; Aneurin Bevan; Jennie Lee

by Planet News
bromide press print, 27 September 1954
NPG x184222

Harold Wilson, by Walter Bird - NPG x45598

Harold Wilson

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

Harold Wilson, by Unknown photographer, for  Central Office of Information - NPG x27447

Harold Wilson

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

Harold Wilson, by Rex Coleman, for  Baron Studios - NPG x125715

Harold Wilson

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

Harold Wilson, by Rex Coleman, for  Baron Studios - NPG x125716

Harold Wilson

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

Harold Wilson with 'The Beatles', by Central Press - NPG x194205

Harold Wilson with 'The Beatles'

by Central Press
vintage print, 19 March 1964
NPG x194205

Sir John Mills; Jean Simmons; Harold Wilson, by P.A. Reuter Photos Ltd - NPG x194206

Sir John Mills; Jean Simmons; Harold Wilson

by P.A. Reuter Photos Ltd
bromide press print, 19 March 1964
NPG x194206

Harold Wilson, by Ruskin Spear - NPG x137578

Harold Wilson

by Ruskin Spear
bromide print, 1966
NPG x137578

Harold Wilson, by Ruskin Spear - NPG x137579

Harold Wilson

by Ruskin Spear
bromide print, 1966
NPG x137579

Harold Wilson, by Ruskin Spear - NPG x137580

Harold Wilson

by Ruskin Spear
bromide print, 1966
NPG x137580

Harold Wilson, by Ruskin Spear - NPG x137581

Harold Wilson

by Ruskin Spear
bromide print, 1966
NPG x137581

Edward Heath; Jeremy Thorpe; Harold Wilson, by Fox Photos Ltd - NPG x131285

Edward Heath; Jeremy Thorpe; Harold Wilson

by Fox Photos Ltd
modern bromide print, 27 July 1970
NPG x131285

Harold Wilson, by Sefton Samuels - NPG x29885

Harold Wilson

by Sefton Samuels
bromide print, 1980
NPG x29885

Harold Wilson, by Geoffrey Davien - NPG D2731

Harold Wilson

by Geoffrey Davien
sculptoon, unfired clay
NPG D2731

Harold Wilson, by Cecil Beaton - NPG D17944(51)

Harold Wilson

by Cecil Beaton
pencil, 1970s?
NPG D17944(51)

Image currently unavailable owing to copyright restrictions

Harold Wilson

by Victor Weisz
ink and crayon
NPG 6635

Image currently unavailable owing to copyright restrictions

'I wouldn't mind him playing the organ if only he knew how to play it'

by Michael Cummings ('Cummings')
pen and ink and wash, 1967
NPG 5364

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Harold Wilson

by Elliott & Fry
bromide print
NPG x91813

Web image not currently available

Harold Wilson

by Walter Stoneman
half-plate glass negative, September 1945
NPG x187424

Web image not currently available

Harold Wilson

by Walter Stoneman
half-plate glass negative, September 1945
NPG x187425

Web image not currently available

Harold Wilson

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate negative, December 1960
NPG x82558

Web image not currently available

Harold Wilson

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate negative, December 1960
NPG x82559

Web image not currently available

Harold Wilson

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate negative, December 1960
NPG x82560

Image currently unavailable owing to copyright restrictions

(Gladys) Mary Wilson (née Baldwin), Lady Wilson of Rievaulx; Harold Wilson

by Unknown photographer
vintage print, August 1965
NPG x194336

Image currently unavailable owing to copyright restrictions

Harold Wilson

by Simon Livingstone
colour print on card mount, 1975
NPG x1589

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