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Sir Denis Thatcher, 1st Bt

(1915-2003), Businessman; husband of Baroness Thatcher

Sitter in 3 portraits
Sir Denis Thatcher was a businessman and political spouse. As the husband of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, he was the object of public criticism and political satire. In particular, the satirical magazine Private Eye published for many years its 'Dear Bill' series, a spoof letter to a golfing chum, depicting him in the comic persona of a gin-soaked buffoon. Thatcher endured these jibes with style and a self-deprecating good humour. Thatcher was a wealthy chemical executive when he married Margaret Roberts in 1951, and he served as a corporate director after his business was taken over by Burmah Oil in 1965. He was appointed MBE in his own right in 1944 and was made a hereditary baronet in 1991.

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Conservative Party Conference, Brighton 1982, by Paul Brason - NPG 5843

Conservative Party Conference, Brighton 1982

by Paul Brason
oil on canvas, 1982-1985
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5843

Sir Denis Thatcher, 1st Bt; Margaret Thatcher, by Keystone Press Agency Ltd - NPG x139971

Sir Denis Thatcher, 1st Bt; Margaret Thatcher

by Keystone Press Agency Ltd
bromide press print, 13 December 1951
NPG x139971

Sir Denis Thatcher, 1st Bt; Margaret Thatcher, Karen Buxton, Peter Leonard Brooke and five unknown figures, by Anne-Katrin Purkiss - NPG x31695

Sir Denis Thatcher, 1st Bt; Margaret Thatcher, Karen Buxton, Peter Leonard Brooke and five unknown figures

by Anne-Katrin Purkiss
bromide fibre print, 11 June 1987
On display in Room 33 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x31695

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