(Alfred) Duff Cooper, 1st Viscount Norwich(1890-1954), Politician, Secretary of State for War, diplomat and writer
Sitter in 30 portraits
Politician, diplomatist and author, Duff Cooper was a Conservative MP (1924-9, 1931-45) and in 1936 was Secretary of State for War. Appointed First Lord of the Admiralty in 1937, he resigned over the Munich agreement in 1938. He had been for some years a close friend of the Prince of Wales and with Baldwin's approval he was consulted by the new King during the abdication crisis. His advice - to postpone his marriage and go through with the coronation - was ignored. Anong his publications ar Talleyrand (1932), Operation Heartbreak (1950) and his autobiography, Old Men Forget (1953).
by Sir David Low
chalk, published 1927
by Horst P. Horst
vintage bromide print, 1940
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