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Sir Basil Henry Liddell Hart

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Sir Basil Henry Liddell Hart, by Hein Heckroth, 1939 - NPG 5907 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sir Basil Henry Liddell Hart

by Hein Heckroth
oil on board, 1939
30 1/4 in. x 20 1/4 in. (768 mm x 514 mm)
Purchased, 1986
Primary Collection
NPG 5907


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Painted on the eve of the Second World War, this portrait includes references to the impending conflict. Maps of Europe appear as a cloud and within a bubble; alluding to the instability of the continent. The 'listening' ears were included by the artist in the belief that Liddell Hart may have had some connection with the Secret Services.

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