Richard Frederick Dimbleby(1913-1965), Journalist and radio and television broadcaster
Sitter in 6 portraits
Born in Richmond, Surrey, Dimbleby left school aged eighteen to work for the family newspaper, The Richmond and Twickenham Times. He joined the BBC in 1936 as its first news observer. In 1939 Dimbleby became the BBC's first war correspondent and accompanied the British Expeditionary Force to France. In 1945, he broadcast the first reports from Belsen concentration camp. He left the BBC in 1946 and became a roving reporter on Down Your Way and gave commentaries on many state occasions. Dimbleby presented the current affairs television programme Panorama from its launch in 1955.
Watch a film clip on the sitter from the BBC Archive in the Media section below
View a wide collection of video content on our YouTube channel from past projects to our latest films.
Artist and sitter interviews
Get insights into creating portraiture from BP Portrait Award 2020 artists and their sitters.
Watch our film created to say ‘goodbye’ to the Gallery before we closed for our major transformation project.