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Brains Trust


68 People in sitter grouping:

At its peak, this hugely popular BBC Radio show was listened to by up to 29% of the population and received around 4400 letters per week. Originally called 'Any Questions', the panel show invited contributors to discuss questions sent in by listeners. First aired on the forces radio service in 1941, the founding members included the biologist Sir Julian Sorell Huxley and philosopher Cyril Edwin Mitchinson Joad. The subjects were as assorted as their guests and topics ranged from the serious to the irreverent. In 1950, the show was transferred to BBC Television before returning to BBC Radio 3 in the 1990s, when it was presented by Dame Joan Dawson Bakewell.

Noel Gilroy Annan, Baron Annan

Noel Gilroy Annan, Baron Annan

1916-2000
Administrator and writer
Sitter in 9 portraits
(Helen) Violet Bonham Carter (née Asquith), Baroness Asquith of Yarnbury

(Helen) Violet Bonham Carter (née Asquith), Baroness Asquith of Yarnbury

1887-1969
President of the Liberal Party Organisation; wife of Sir Maurice Bonham Carter; daughter of Herbert Asquith
Sitter associated with 31 portraits
Michael Ayrton

Michael Ayrton

1921-1975
Artist
Sitter in 8 portraits | Artist of 10 portraits
Joan Bakewell

Joan Bakewell

1933-
Broadcaster, writer and life peer
Sitter in 5 portraits
Sir Isaiah Berlin

Sir Isaiah Berlin

1909-1997
Philosopher and political theorist
Sitter in 11 portraits
Sir John Betjeman

Sir John Betjeman

1906-1984
Poet Laureate, writer and broadcaster
Sitter in 41 portraits
William Henry Beveridge, 1st Baron Beveridge

William Henry Beveridge, 1st Baron Beveridge

1879-1963
Social reformer and economist
Sitter in 24 portraits
Jacob Bronowski

Jacob Bronowski

1908-1974
Mathematician, poet and humanist
Sitter in 4 portraits
Lord David Cecil

Lord David Cecil

1902-1986
Scholar, teacher and writer
Sitter in 74 portraits
Kenneth Clark, Baron Clark

Kenneth Clark, Baron Clark

1903-1983
Art historian and museum director
Sitter in 29 portraits | Artist of 1 portrait
Margery Fry

Margery Fry

1874-1958
Social and penal reformer; sister of Roger Fry
Sitter in 4 portraits
Quintin McGarel Hogg, 1st Baron Hailsham of St Marylebone

Quintin McGarel Hogg, 1st Baron Hailsham of St Marylebone

1907-2001
Lord Chancellor; son of 1st Viscount Hailsham
Sitter in 49 portraits
Sir Peter Hall

Sir Peter Hall

1930-2017
Director and producer of theatre, opera and film
Sitter in 22 portraits
Gilbert Charles Harding

Gilbert Charles Harding

1907-1960
Broadcaster
Sitter in 19 portraits
Will Hay

Will Hay

1888-1949
Actor
Sitter in 3 portraits
Leslie Howard

Leslie Howard

1893-1943
Actor
Sitter in 12 portraits
Sir Julian Huxley

Sir Julian Huxley

1887-1975
Biologist and writer
Sitter in 58 portraits
Marghanita Laski

Marghanita Laski

1915-1988
Novelist, critic and journalist
Sitter in 5 portraits
Jennie Lee

Jennie Lee

1904-1988
Labour politician; MP for Cannock and North Lanarkshire and Minister for the Arts; wife of Aneurin Bevan
Sitter in 33 portraits
C.S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis

1898-1963
Author
Sitter in 5 portraits