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Secretaries of the Cabinet

2 of 2 portraits of Robert Armstrong, Baron Armstrong of Ilminster

Secretaries of the Cabinet, by John Stanton Ward, 1984 - NPG 5794 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Secretaries of the Cabinet

by John Stanton Ward
oil on canvas, 1984
54 1/8 in. x 36 in. (1374 mm x 915 mm)
Commissioned, 1985
Primary Collection
NPG 5794


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  • John Stanton Ward (1917-2007), Portrait painter, book illustrator and architectural draughtsman. Artist of 15 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.

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The three holders of the post of Secretary to the Cabinet, the most influential post in the Civil Service during the Wilson/Thatcher years, are seen here in the Secretary's Office in Whitehall. All three were made Life Peers at the end of their careers in public service. Trend became Rector of Lincoln College Oxford (1973-83), and Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford (1975-83). Hunt went on to chair the Inquiry into Cable Expansion and Broadcasting Policy (The Hunt Report on the Future of Cable Television, 1982) and Armstrong, having famously admitted to being 'economical with the truth' in the Spycatcher Trial (1986), became Chairman of the Trustees of the Victoria and Albert Museum.

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