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Oswald Mosley (1896-1980), Politician; Fascist leader

Sir Oswald Mosley, 6th Bt

Sitter in 17 portraits
Mosley became Conservative MP for Harrow in 1918, but left the party over its Irish policy in 1920 and stood as an Independent in 1922. In 1924 he joined the Labour Party and won Smethwick in 1926, having supported the miners in the General Strike. He resigned when his economic policies were rejected and started the New Party. Their meetings were policed by a squad of stewards, known as the 'blackshirts'. After visiting Italy, where he met Benito Mussolini, he founded the British Union of Fascists. In 1936 Mosley married, in Hitler's presence, Diana Guinness, sister of Unity Mitford. The couple were interned from 1940 to 1943 and spent the rest of World War II under house arrest.

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L184

Sir Oswald Mosley, 6th Bt

by Glyn Philpot
oil on canvas, 1925
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG L184

5479

Oswald Mosley

by Herbert Samuel ('Bert') Thomas
ink, 1930s?
NPG 5479

5533

Oswald Mosley

by Donald Edward Green
pencil, 1968
NPG 5533

x18939

Oswald Mosley

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 28 October 1922
NPG x18939

x18938

Oswald Mosley

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 28 October 1922
NPG x18938

x18940

Oswald Mosley

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 28 October 1922
NPG x18940

x88280

Oswald Mosley during his trial

by Hamlin, for Daily Herald
modern bromide print from original negative, 18 December 1934
NPG x88280

x25209

Oswald Mosley

by Mark Gerson
chlorobromide print, 1967
NPG x25209

x80815

Oswald Mosley

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 8 November 1915
NPG x80815

x80816

Oswald Mosley

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 8 November 1915
NPG x80816

x80817

Oswald Mosley

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 8 November 1915
NPG x80817

x80818

Oswald Mosley

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 8 November 1915
NPG x80818

x186746

Oswald Mosley

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 1931
NPG x186746

x184100

Oswald Pirow; Oswald Mosley; Diana Mitford (later Lady Mosley)

by Brenard Press Ltd
vintage print, 8 April 1948
NPG x184100

x184099

Oswald Mosley

by Brenard Press Ltd
vintage print, September 1962
NPG x184099