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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
bromide print, 1949
NPG P490(87)


Harold Wilson

by Yousuf Karsh
bromide print, 1950
NPG P257


Harold Wilson

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


Harold Wilson

by Yousuf Karsh
bromide print, 1963
NPG P258


'University of the Air'

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


Harold Wilson

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


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')
pen and ink, Letratone and white heightening, 1965
NPG 5362


Harold Wilson

by Ruskin Spear
oil on canvas, exhibited 1974
NPG 5047


Harold Wilson

by Gerald Scarfe
pen and indian ink, 1976
NPG 6432


Harold Wilson

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


Harold Wilson

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


Harold Wilson

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, September 1945
NPG x45597


Harold Wilson; Aneurin Bevan; Jennie Lee

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


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
bromide print, May 1962
NPG x27447


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
5 x 4 inch colour transparency, 6 November 1963
NPG x125716


Harold Wilson with 'The Beatles'

by Central Press
vintage print, 19 March 1964
NPG x194205

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