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George Douglas Howard Cole (1889-1959), University teacher, writer and socialist

Sitter in 11 portraits
Contributor to the New Statesman between the Wars, and regarded as the most influential socialist thinker of the period; elected Chichele Professor of Social and Political Theory at Oxford in 1944; Chairman, and later President of the Fabian Society, founder of the New Fabian Research Bureau in 1931. Became Chairman of the Nuffield College Reconstruction Survey (February 1941), which looked at planning for post-war Britain and Vice-President of the Workers' Education Association (1927-37). Written works include The World of Labour (1913), The Intelligent Man's Guide Through World Chaos (1932) and Chartists Portraits (1941).

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George Douglas Howard Cole

by Stella Esther Bowen
oil on board, 1944-1945
NPG 5935


George Douglas Howard Cole

by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
half-plate film negative, 6 October 1928
NPG x42851


George Douglas Howard Cole

by Walter Benington, for Elliott & Fry
bromide print, 1942 (published 1927)
NPG x86782


George Douglas Howard Cole

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate glass negative, 1942
NPG x95261


George Douglas Howard Cole

by Elliott & Fry
bromide print, 1947
NPG x86783