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Herbert Stanley Morrison, Baron Morrison of Lambeth

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

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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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  • Harold Tomlin (active 1930s), Photographer. Artist associated with 21 portraits.

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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.

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Current affairs

George VI becomes king. The younger brother of Edward VIII was crowned on the 12th May and the coronation was broadcast to Britain and the Empire on the radio. Edward becomes the Duke of Windsor, although the rank of 'Royal Highness' is not extended to Wallis Simpson. Neville Chamberlain becomes Prime Minister following Baldwin's retirement.

Art and science

Roland Penrose organises a tour of Picasso's painting Guernica to the UK. The painting, which shows the horrors of the Spanish Civil War, went on display at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in East London. A new synthetic fabric is invented and named after New York and London: Nylon.


Commercial airship travel is brought to an end with the 'Hindenberg Disaster'. The German airship exploded while landing in New Jersey. The radio broadcaster Herbert Morrison's reaction has become legendary: 'Oh, the humanity!' Japan invades China, killing about 25,000. Japanese Troops committed numerous atrocities against soldiers and civilians in what became known as the 'Rape of Nanking'.

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