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Harold Wilson

(1916-1995), Prime Minister

(James) Harold Wilson, Baron Wilson of Rievaulx

Sitter in 53 portraits
Labour Prime Minister 1964-70 and 1974-6. Born in Huddersfield, Wilson studied at the University of Oxford, where he became an Economics lecturer. Elected to Parliament in 1945 at the age of 29, he served in Attlee's government and became Labour leader in 1963. At 48 Wilson became Britain's youngest Prime Minister since Pitt, winning four general elections, twice as Prime Minister. He led a series of cabinets through the 1960s and 70s which confirmed Britain's commitment to a welfare state. Wilson renegotiated terms of Britain's entry into the European Community, but struggled to address Britain's postwar economic decline, the pound being devalued during his time in office.

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Harold Wilson, by Sefton Samuels - NPG x29885

Harold Wilson

by Sefton Samuels
bromide print, 1980
NPG x29885

Harold Wilson, by Alex Minter - NPG D3027

Harold Wilson

by Alex Minter
pencil, 1964 or before
NPG D3027

Harold Wilson, by Cecil Beaton - NPG D17944(51)

Harold Wilson

by Cecil Beaton
pencil, late 1960s-early 1970s
NPG D17944(51)

Harold Wilson, by Geoffrey Davien - NPG D2731

Harold Wilson

by Geoffrey Davien
sculptoon, unfired clay
NPG D2731

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Harold Wilson

by Walter Stoneman
half-plate glass negative, September 1945
NPG x187424

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Harold Wilson

by Walter Stoneman
half-plate glass negative, September 1945
NPG x187425

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Harold Wilson

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate negative, December 1960
NPG x82558

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Harold Wilson

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate negative, December 1960
NPG x82559

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Harold Wilson

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate negative, December 1960
NPG x82560

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Harold Wilson; Queen Elizabeth II

by Joan Williams
C-type colour print, 1969
NPG x200342

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Harold Wilson

by Elliott & Fry
bromide print
NPG x91813

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