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Sir Victor Gollancz

(1893-1967), Publisher

Sitter in 5 portraits
Gollancz studied at Oxford before joining the Officers Training Corps in the First World War. A liberal from an early age, he believed in the 'free spontaneous, self-directing development of the life and spirit in every human person'. In 1921 he joined Benn Brothers publishing firm and in 1927 started his own firm, introducing revolutionary methods. His principal concern was to spread awareness of current affairs and the message of socialism. In 1936 he founded the Left Book Club in response to rising Nazism, and was involved in other humanitarian and political causes dedicated to social welfare, pacifism and the abolition of capital punishment. He received many honours and prizes and was knighted in 1965.

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Sir Victor Gollancz, by Ruth Gollancz (née Lowy) - NPG 7010

Sir Victor Gollancz

by Ruth Gollancz (née Lowy)
oil on canvas, mid 1930s
NPG 7010

Sir Victor Gollancz, by John Gay - NPG x127764

Sir Victor Gollancz

by John Gay
2 1/4 inch square film negative, published November 1947
NPG x127764

Sir Victor Gollancz, by ABC Television - NPG x8350

Sir Victor Gollancz

by ABC Television
bromide print, late 1940s
NPG x8350

Sir Victor Gollancz, by John Gay - NPG x47296

Sir Victor Gollancz

by John Gay
bromide fibre print, 1947
NPG x47296

Sir Victor Gollancz, by Hirtemann - NPG x8349

Sir Victor Gollancz

by Hirtemann
bromide print, circa 1950
NPG x8349


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