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Herbert Stanley Morrison, Baron Morrison of Lambeth

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Herbert Stanley Morrison, Baron Morrison of Lambeth, by Yousuf Karsh, 1943 - NPG P402 - © Karsh / Camera Press

© Karsh / Camera Press

Herbert Stanley Morrison, Baron Morrison of Lambeth

by Yousuf Karsh
sepia-toned bromide print, 1943
9 1/8 in. x 6 5/8 in. (232 mm x 169 mm)
Purchased, 1989
Primary Collection
NPG P402

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  • Yousuf Karsh (1908-2002), Photographer. Artist associated with 155 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

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The Canadian photographer, Karsh, recalled how he approached his subject with Morrison's reputation as an archetypal cockney in mind. During the sitting, Morrison displayed the 'boundless energy and impatience of the cockney', making the type of 'pungent retorts' that endeared him to 'British Labour audiences.' One image from the set appeared in the Illustrated London News in August 1945 in a feature on the new Labour government. This particular photograph gained added poignancy, when Morrison gave it to his Private Secretary, Ethel McDonald, in 1954, thereby indicating his nostalgic liking for this representation of his earlier political self.

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