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Harold Wilson

10 of 42 portraits of Harold Wilson

Harold Wilson, by Ruskin Spear, exhibited 1974 - NPG 5047 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Harold Wilson

by Ruskin Spear
oil on canvas, exhibited 1974
20 1/8 in. x 15 in. (511 mm x 381 mm)
Purchased, 1975
Primary Collection
NPG 5047


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  • Ruskin Spear (1911-1990), Painter. Artist of 12 portraits, Sitter in 10 portraits.

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A gifted speaker and a skilful politician, he is portrayed in Spear's portrait with the air of hard-won informality that distinguished his public style. The sittings for this portrait took place in Downing Street. Wilson is shown here with his trademark pipe. Spear described Wilson as 'a great actor, using as pipe as an extension of himself'.

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