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Herbert Stanley Morrison, Baron Morrison of Lambeth

15 of 96 portraits of Herbert Stanley Morrison, Baron Morrison of Lambeth

Herbert Stanley Morrison, Baron Morrison of Lambeth, by Harold Tomlin, 11 July 1937 - NPG x131104 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Herbert Stanley Morrison, Baron Morrison of Lambeth

by Harold Tomlin
modern resin print from original negative, 11 July 1937
5 5/8 in. x 7 5/8 in. (143 mm x 193 mm) image size
Given by IPC Newspapers Limited, 1971
Photographs Collection
NPG x131104


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Morrison was a gifted public speaker, having honed his skills as a young man with the street orators of London. Colleagues recalled his ability as a natural showman whose style was 'cosy and chatty, with patter like a cockney music-hall comedian' and his idealistic belief in social reform. In this lively image, taken for the Daily Herald, Morrison is seen speaking passionately to a conference of Labour supporters in Trafalgar Square. Prescient in recognising the importance of publicity, Morrison worked to expand Labour's appeal to the lower middle class by presenting himself as a down-to-earth politician.