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Don Stephen Senanayake

(1884-1952), Prime Minister of Ceylon

Sitter in 11 portraits
Considered to be the "Father of the Nation", Senanyake was the first Prime Minister of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). Born in the village of Botale, Senanyake was one of three brothers who were brought up in a devout Buddhist family, attending an Anglican school. He was leader of the Sri Lankan independence movement that led to the establishment independence in Sri Lanka. He served as Prime minster from 1948, when Sri Lanka became an independent nation, to 1952 when he died of a stroke whilst still in office. Following his death, he was succeeded as Prime Minster by his eldest son, Dudley Shelton Senanayake.

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Don Stephen Senanayake

by Elliott & Fry
bromide print, 1948
NPG x91374

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Don Stephen Senanayake

by Elliott & Fry
bromide print, 1948
NPG x91375

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Don Stephen Senanayake

by Navana Vandyk
whole-plate film negative, 27 April 1949
NPG x97260

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Don Stephen Senanayake

by Navana Vandyk
whole-plate film negative, 27 April 1949
NPG x97261

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Don Stephen Senanayake

by Navana Vandyk
whole-plate film negative, 27 April 1949
NPG x97262

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Don Stephen Senanayake

by Navana Vandyk
whole-plate film negative, 27 April 1949
NPG x97263

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