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Jennie Lee

(1904-1988), Labour politician; MP for Cannock and North Lanarkshire and Minister for the Arts; wife of Aneurin Bevan

Janet ('Jennie') Lee, Baroness Lee of Asheridge

Sitter in 30 portraits
Born in Fife, Lee graduated from Edinburgh University in 1926. She was elected Labour MP for North Lanark in 1929, becoming the youngest woman ever elected to Parliament. Lee married Aneurin Bevan in 1934. She worked in the Ministry of Aircraft Production during World War II and later became one of the most successful ministers in Harold Wilson's administration (1964-70). Her vision for accessibility in the arts was outlined in the paper A Policy for the Arts, the First Steps (February 1965), and in March 1965 she joined the Department of Education and Science. Later the country's first Minister for the Arts (1967-70), Lee played a central role in the foundation of the Open University. She was created a Baroness in 1970.

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Jennie Lee, by Montague Leder - NPG 6348

Jennie Lee

by Montague Leder
oil on paper, 1950s?
NPG 6348

Jennie Lee, by Bernard Lee ('Bern') Schwartz - NPG P1197

Jennie Lee

by Bernard Lee ('Bern') Schwartz
dye transfer print, 13 June 1977
NPG P1197

Jennie Lee, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x85619

Jennie Lee

by Bassano Ltd
bromide print
NPG x85619

Women Labour MPs, by Unknown photographer - NPG x30000

Women Labour MPs

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, 1929
NPG x30000

Aneurin Bevan; Jennie Lee; William George Bevan; unknown woman, by George Woodbine, for  Daily Herald - NPG x131119

Aneurin Bevan; Jennie Lee; William George Bevan; unknown woman

by George Woodbine, for Daily Herald
modern bromide print from original negative, 25 October 1934
NPG x131119

Aneurin Bevan; Jennie Lee; Sir Archibald James Lush; unknown woman, by George Woodbine, for  Daily Herald - NPG x131120

Aneurin Bevan; Jennie Lee; Sir Archibald James Lush; unknown woman

by George Woodbine, for Daily Herald
modern bromide print from original negative, 25 October 1934
NPG x131120

Aneurin Bevan; Jennie Lee, by Associated Press - NPG x184224

Aneurin Bevan; Jennie Lee

by Associated Press
bromide press print, circa 1949
NPG x184224

Aneurin Bevan; Jennie Lee, by Keystone Press Agency Ltd - NPG x184221

Aneurin Bevan; Jennie Lee

by Keystone Press Agency Ltd
bromide press print, 30 June 1951
NPG x184221

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

Aneurin Bevan; Jennie Lee, by P.A. Reuter Photos Ltd - NPG x88328

Aneurin Bevan; Jennie Lee

by P.A. Reuter Photos Ltd
bromide print, 30 September 1956
NPG x88328

Jennie Lee, by Jane Bown - NPG x28626

Jennie Lee

by Jane Bown
bromide print, 1957
NPG x28626

Jennie Lee, by Walter Bird - NPG x165795

Jennie Lee

by Walter Bird
bromide print on card mount, 15 February 1965
NPG x165795

Janet ('Jennie') Lee, Baroness Lee of Asheridge, by Michael Peto - NPG x137673

Janet ('Jennie') Lee, Baroness Lee of Asheridge

by Michael Peto
modern bromide print from original negative, January 1965
NPG x137673

Jennie Lee, by Jorge ('J.S.') Lewinski - NPG x13733

Jennie Lee

by Jorge ('J.S.') Lewinski
bromide print on card mount, 1968
NPG x13733

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Jennie Lee

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 11 November 1930
NPG x26707

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Janet Bevan (Jennie Lee), Baroness Lee of Asheridge

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate glass negative, October 1945
NPG x92560

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Janet Bevan (Jennie Lee), Baroness Lee of Asheridge

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate glass negative, October 1945
NPG x100957

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Janet Bevan (Jennie Lee), Baroness Lee of Asheridge

by Elliott & Fry
bromide print, 1958
NPG x90239

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