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Richard Austen ('Rab') Butler, 1st Baron Butler of Saffron Walden

(1902-1982), Politician; served as Chancellor of the Exchequer, Home Secretary and Foreign Secretary

Sitter in 44 portraits
Conservative politician who held high office in the 1950s and early 1960s. Minister of Education (1941-5); Chancellor of the Exchequer (1951-5); Home Secretary (1957-62); Foreign Secretary (1963-4). His principal achievement is seen as the 1944 Education Act, the 'Butler Act' which set the pattern for free secondary education for the next twenty years.

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This is a far, far better thing.... than I have ever done, by Neville Colvin ('Colvin') - NPG 5350

This is a far, far better thing.... than I have ever done

by Neville Colvin ('Colvin')
pen and ink and Letratone, 1962
NPG 5350

Change the crew?  Why we'll row forever, steady from stroke to bow, by Victor Weisz - NPG 5351

Change the crew? Why we'll row forever, steady from stroke to bow

by Victor Weisz
pencil, pen and ink and white heightening, published in Evening Standard 5 April 1962
NPG 5351

'So what if we lose a few shopkeepers votes' he said, by William Papas ('Papas') - NPG 5360

'So what if we lose a few shopkeepers votes' he said

by William Papas ('Papas')
pen and ink and blue crayon, 1964
NPG 5360

Winston Churchill and his cabinet of 1955, by International News Photos - NPG x182304

Winston Churchill and his cabinet of 1955

by International News Photos
vintage print, 1955
NPG x182304


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