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(John) Enoch Powell

(1912-1998), Politician, classical scholar, linguist and poet

Sitter in 32 portraits
Started his career in 1938 as Professor of Greek at Sydney University. After the War he joined the Conservative Party and was elected MP in 1950. Controversial throughout his career, he held strong views on issues such as race, national identity, immigration and the United Kingdom's entry into the European Economic Community, which later became the European Union. He is renown for his 1968 'Rivers of Blood' speech in which he warned of what he considered would be the consequences of continued unchecked immigration from the Commonwealth to Britain. In a statement the day after the speech Edward Heath dismissed him from his shadow cabinet saying in a statement "I have told Mr Powell that I consider the speech he made in Birmingham yesterday to have been racialist in tone and liable to exacerbate racial tensions. This is unacceptable from one of the leaders of the Conservative Party".

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Enoch Powell, by Hubert Andrew Freeth - NPG 6130

Enoch Powell

by Hubert Andrew Freeth
etching, 1937
NPG 6130

'I wouldn't mind him playing the organ if only he knew how to play it', by (Arthur Stuart) Michael Cummings ('Cummings') - NPG 5364

'I wouldn't mind him playing the organ if only he knew how to play it'

by (Arthur Stuart) Michael Cummings ('Cummings')
pen and ink and wash, 1967
NPG 5364

Enoch Powell, by Gerald Scarfe - NPG 6475

Enoch Powell

by Gerald Scarfe
ink and collage on paper, 1971
NPG 6475

Enoch Powell, by Arnold Newman - NPG P150(32)

Enoch Powell

by Arnold Newman
bromide print, 1978
NPG P150(32)

Enoch Powell, by Denis Waugh - NPG P314

Enoch Powell

by Denis Waugh
C-type colour print, 1980s
NPG P314

Enoch Powell, by Nick Sinclair - NPG P563(31)

Enoch Powell

by Nick Sinclair
bromide print, 1992
NPG P563(31)

Enoch Powell, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x159724

Enoch Powell

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 1957
NPG x159724

Enoch Powell, by Walter Bird - NPG x159725

Enoch Powell

by Walter Bird
bromide print, 2 November 1965
NPG x159725

Enoch Powell, by David Newell-Smith - NPG x200235

Enoch Powell

by David Newell-Smith
gelatin silver print, circa 1970
NPG x200235

Enoch Powell, by David Newell-Smith - NPG x200236

Enoch Powell

by David Newell-Smith
gelatin silver print, circa 1970
NPG x200236

Enoch Powell, by David Newell-Smith - NPG x200237

Enoch Powell

by David Newell-Smith
gelatin silver print, circa 1970
NPG x200237

Enoch Powell; Sir Edward Heath; possibly Reginald Maudling, by David Newell-Smith - NPG x200292

Enoch Powell; Sir Edward Heath; possibly Reginald Maudling

by David Newell-Smith
gelatin silver print, circa 1970
NPG x200292

Enoch Powell, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x85605

Enoch Powell

by Bassano Ltd
bromide print, 8 June 1978
NPG x85605

Enoch Powell, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x171724

Enoch Powell

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 8 June 1978
NPG x171724

Enoch Powell, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x171728

Enoch Powell

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 8 June 1978
NPG x171728

Enoch Powell, by Bassano & Vandyk Studios - NPG x171729

Enoch Powell

by Bassano & Vandyk Studios
35mm colour slide, 8 June 1978
NPG x171729

Enoch Powell, by Bassano & Vandyk Studios - NPG x171730

Enoch Powell

by Bassano & Vandyk Studios
35mm colour slide, 8 June 1978
NPG x171730

Enoch Powell, by Bassano & Vandyk Studios - NPG x171731

Enoch Powell

by Bassano & Vandyk Studios
35mm colour slide, 8 June 1978
NPG x171731

Enoch Powell, by Carole Cutner - NPG x22215

Enoch Powell

by Carole Cutner
bromide print, 1979
NPG x22215

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