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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 Barry Ernest Fantoni - NPG 6788

Harold Wilson

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

'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

(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 Bernard Lee ('Bern') Schwartz - NPG P1268

Harold Wilson

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

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

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 Robert Herrick - NPG x17008

Harold Wilson

by Robert Herrick
bromide print, early 1980s?
NPG x17008

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)

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Harold Wilson

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

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