© National Portrait Gallery, London
by Edward Spilsbury Swinson Click on the links below to find out more
oil on canvas, 1934
21 in. x 17 in. (533 mm x 431 mm)
Sir Stafford Cripps represents the miners of Gresford Colliery in Wrexham at an inquiry into the recent gas explosion and fire which killed 263 miners, and three rescue workers in one of the worst mining disasters in British history.
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