2 of 45 portraits of Neville Chamberlain
Photograph © National Portrait Gallery, London
by Victor Demanet
bronze medal, 1938
2 3/4 in. (70 mm) diameter
Given by Marion Harry Spielmann, 1939
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- (Arthur) Neville Chamberlain (1869-1940), Prime Minister; son of Joseph Chamberlain. Sitter in 45 portraits.
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To the left of the head, the letters PAX can be made out, alluding to the Munich accord of September 1938 ('Peace in our time', to quote Chamberlain's words). This uniface medal was published in 1938 by the Belgian medallist, Victor Demanet, at a subscription price of 250 francs in silver or 30 francs in bronze. This example in bronze was given to the Gallery by the art critic and collector, Marion Harry Spielmann, in 1939.
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- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 113
Events of 1938back to top
Current affairsBritain pursues its policy of appeasement. At the Munich Agreement, Britain, France and Italy agreed to allow Hitler to seize the Sudetenland area of Czechoslovakia. The agreement was seen at the time as a triumph for peace, with Neville Chamberlain returning home brandishing the paper agreement and saying 'peace for our time.' Within six months Germany had occupied the rest of Czechoslovakia.
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