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Robert John Graham Boothby, Baron Boothby

(1900-1986), Politician, author and broadcaster

Sitter in 40 portraits
Conservative MP for East Aberdeenshire (1924-58), lecturer, author, television personality. Boothby was parliamentary private secretary to Winston Churchill (1926-9) and parliamentary secretary, Ministry of Food (1940-1). A provocatively controversial figure, whose political and personal life often made tabloid headlines.

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Robert John Graham Boothby, Baron Boothby, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x127861

Robert John Graham Boothby, Baron Boothby

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 3 December 1924
NPG x127861

Robert John Graham Boothby, Baron Boothby, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x127862

Robert John Graham Boothby, Baron Boothby

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 3 December 1924
NPG x127862

Robert John Graham Boothby, Baron Boothby, by Howard Coster - NPG x3029

Robert John Graham Boothby, Baron Boothby

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1940
NPG x3029

Robert John Graham Boothby, Baron Boothby, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x26988

Robert John Graham Boothby, Baron Boothby

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 30 May 1940
NPG x26988

Robert John Graham Boothby, Baron Boothby, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x26989

Robert John Graham Boothby, Baron Boothby

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 30 May 1940
NPG x26989

Robert John Graham Boothby, Baron Boothby, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x26990

Robert John Graham Boothby, Baron Boothby

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 30 May 1940
NPG x26990

Robert John Graham Boothby, Baron Boothby, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x26991

Robert John Graham Boothby, Baron Boothby

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 30 May 1940
NPG x26991

Robert John Graham Boothby, Baron Boothby, by Howard Coster - NPG x3026

Robert John Graham Boothby, Baron Boothby

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1940
NPG x3026

Robert John Graham Boothby, Baron Boothby, by Howard Coster - NPG x3027

Robert John Graham Boothby, Baron Boothby

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1940
NPG x3027

Robert John Graham Boothby, Baron Boothby, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x165359

Robert John Graham Boothby, Baron Boothby

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 16 November 1949
NPG x165359

Robert John Graham Boothby, Baron Boothby, by Vivienne - NPG x87904

Robert John Graham Boothby, Baron Boothby

by Vivienne
vintage bromide print, 1955-1965
NPG x87904

Robert John Graham Boothby, Baron Boothby, by Walter Bird - NPG x165360

Robert John Graham Boothby, Baron Boothby

by Walter Bird
bromide print, 31 August 1961
NPG x165360

Ronnie Kray; Robert John Graham Boothby, Baron Boothby, by Unknown photographer - NPG x126471

Ronnie Kray; Robert John Graham Boothby, Baron Boothby

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, circa 1964
NPG x126471

Ronnie Kray; Robert John Graham Boothby, Baron Boothby, by Unknown photographer - NPG x126472

Ronnie Kray; Robert John Graham Boothby, Baron Boothby

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, circa 1964
NPG x126472

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