by Henry Lamb
oil on canvas, circa 1939
51 in. x 37 in. (1295 mm x 940 mm)
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Sitterback to top
- (Arthur) Neville Chamberlain (1869-1940), Prime Minister; son of Joseph Chamberlain. Sitter in 45 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Henry Lamb (1883-1960), Painter. Artist associated with 18 portraits, Sitter associated with 21 portraits.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Audio Guide
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 113
Subjects & Themesback to top
Events of 1939back to top
Current affairsBritain goes to war. The German invasion of Poland demonstrated that the policy of appeasement had failed. After refusing to meet Britain's ultimatum to withdraw troops, Britain and France declared war on Germany. The Second World War had begun.
Art and scienceThe Sutton Hoo burial ship is discovered. Apparently following a dream, Mrs Pretty invited the archaeologist Basil Brown to investigate a series of burial mounds on her estate on the banks of the river Deben in Suffolk. The excavation revealed an Anglo-Saxon burial, uncovering the most significant horde of early medieval artefacts found in Britain (now housed at the British Museum).
InternationalThe Second World War begins. Germany's invasion of Poland prompted Britain and France to declare war forming the core of the Allied powers. As part of the Soviet-Nazi Pact, the Soviet Union joined the war on the German side, helping, with Italy, to form the Axis Powers. Poland was soon overpowered and the Baltic Republics and Finland were invaded by the Soviet Union.
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On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery