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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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x194206

Sir John Mills; Jean Simmons; Harold Wilson

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

x137578

Harold Wilson

by Ruskin Spear
bromide print, 1966
NPG x137578

x137579

Harold Wilson

by Ruskin Spear
bromide print, 1966
NPG x137579

x137580

Harold Wilson

by Ruskin Spear
bromide print, 1966
NPG x137580

x137581

Harold Wilson

by Ruskin Spear
bromide print, 1966
NPG x137581

x131285

Edward Heath; Jeremy Thorpe; Harold Wilson

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

x29885

Harold Wilson

by Sefton Samuels
bromide print, 1980
NPG x29885

D2731

Harold Wilson

by Geoffrey Davien
sculptoon, unfired clay
NPG D2731

D17944(51)

Harold Wilson

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

6635

Harold Wilson

by Victor Weisz
ink and crayon
NPG 6635

5364

'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

x91813

Harold Wilson

by Elliott & Fry
bromide print
NPG x91813

x187424

Harold Wilson

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

x187425

Harold Wilson

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

x82558

Harold Wilson

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

x82559

Harold Wilson

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

x82560

Harold Wilson

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

x194336

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

by Unknown photographer
vintage print, August 1965
NPG x194336

x1589

Harold Wilson

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

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