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Charles Stewart Henry Vane-Tempest-Stewart, 7th Marquess of Londonderry

(1878-1949), Politician and Secretary of State for Air

Sitter in 41 portraits
Elected Conservative MP in 1906, Charles Stewart joined the Air Council in 1919 as part of the post-war Coalition government. However, frustration at a lack of promotion led him in 1921 to join the government of Northern Ireland as Minister of Education. Returning to England, in 1931 Londonderry was appointed Secretary of State for Air with a seat in the Cabinet. He visited Germany several times in the 1930s in an attempt to 'make them good members of the comity of nations'. These unsuccessful amateur diplomatic visits damaged his credibility at home and overshadowed his real achievement overseeing the design and promotion of the Hurricane and Spitfire fighters, which proved vital in the Battle of Britain.

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The 7th and 8th Marquesses of Londonderry, by Anthony Wysard - NPG 6122

The 7th and 8th Marquesses of Londonderry

by Anthony Wysard
pencil and gouache, 1936
NPG 6122

Charles Stewart Henry Vane-Tempest-Stewart, 7th Marquess of Londonderry, by Walter Stoneman, for  James Russell & Sons - NPG Ax39198

Charles Stewart Henry Vane-Tempest-Stewart, 7th Marquess of Londonderry

by Walter Stoneman, for James Russell & Sons
bromide print, circa 1916
NPG Ax39198

The Ulster Cabinet, 1920, by Unknown photographer - NPG x137950

The Ulster Cabinet, 1920

by Unknown photographer
vintage print, 29 June 1920
NPG x137950

'The Prime Minister's Reparations Dilema', by Central Press - NPG x20209

'The Prime Minister's Reparations Dilema'

by Central Press
bromide print, 11 January 1932
NPG x20209

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